Oakwood Drive the site of another wastewater discharge

More than 27,000 gallons of raw sewage overflowed from a manhole on Oakwood Drive on Monday.

The untreated wastewater flowed into Caps Branch, which flows into Slocum Creek, according to a release from the city.

The spill happened as heavy rain impacted the area. The National Weather Service in Newport reports that 2 to 3 inches of rain fell in the area Sunday night into Monday morning.

The manhole on Oakwood Drive off East Main Street has experienced problems with sewer spills in the past. In August, three sewer spills were reported on Oakwood Drive totaling 47,200 gallons. Those spills were reported on Aug. 9, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29. All three of those spills happened during periods of heavy rainfall.

North Carolina law requires cities that operate wastewater systems to issue notices when an untreated wastewater discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters. 

The N.C. Division of Environment Quality Division of Water Resources was notified of the sewer spill and is reviewing the matter, according to the release.