Apr 24, 2010 12:38 PM by Associated Press

Heavy rains blamed for sewage spill

The Metro Wastewater Reclamation District is cleaning up a sewage spill in the South Platte River just north of Denver that is being blamed on the heavy rains the last two days.

District spokesman Steven Frank says debris washed in by stormwater blocked filters Friday and caused the overflow. He says employees quickly used bypass pumps to reroute the incoming wastewater.

Frank says the district alerted state, federal and local officials about the spill. District officials say staff scientists haven't detected any effects on wildlife. Employees are trying to determine the size of the spill.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says it's too early to tell if there's a public health risk.


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