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City of Salem Reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow - 02/14/20

The City of Salem announced that an overflow of raw sewage occurred into Claggett Creek on February 13 at approximately 12:15 p.m. through a stormwater detention pond at Verda Lane NE in Keizer, Oregon, which is a part of the sewer system network managed by the City of Salem. The overflow resulted from a possible cross connection between a sanitary sewer pipe and storm pipe and is being further investigated. Approximately 15,000 gallons of raw sewage were spilled at the site. Public Works Department crews were immediately dispatched to the site and stopped the overflow at approximately 2:15 p.m. City of Salem Environmental Services staff collected surface water samples from Claggett Creek. Signs were posted at the detention pond warning people to avoid contact with the water. Any bacteria that entered the site should be flushed out of the water body in the next few days.


If you see an overflowing manhole or wish to report a spill, please call the Public Works

Department Dispatch Center at 503-588-6333.

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