Two Oak Island sewer breaks reported; heavy rain a possible contributing factor

Two Oak Island sewer breaks reported; heavy rain a possible contributing factor
A sewer main broke along the shoulder of Sunset Harbor Road on Monday in Oak Island. (Source: WECT)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Recent heavy rain likely contributed to two recent wastewater breaches in Oak Island.

Amanda Hutcheson, a spokesperson for Brunswick County, said the county's public utilities crews have made repairs on a 24-inch main that serves Oak Island. Hutcheson said sewage did not reach surface water and was contained at the breach site and nearby property.

The first spill occurred near a pump station off Sunset Harbor Road. A temporary bypass was completed at the site and put into operation on Sunday night.

On Monday morning, an air release valve failed on the shoulder of Sunset Harbor Road near the River Run subdivision, causing another force main break. It was repaired around 4:30 p.m.

Hutcheson said wastewater has been vacuumed by tanker trucks and lime has been spread at breach locations. Some remediation efforts are ongoing, according to Hutcheson.

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