The Town of Smithfield says heavy rains are to blame for two separate sewage spills that occurred Thursday night and early-Friday morning.
Around 2:00am today (Friday) officials were notified of approximately 13,000 gallons that had spilled from a sewer line behind 302 Sunset Avenue in West Smithfield. The wastewater was displaced onto the ground and into the Neuse River. Crews responded and cleaned up the spill.
About the same time, a separate spill was reported at Lee and West Streets in East Smithfield. An estimated 7,000 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled onto the ground and into a stream. Town crews responded and cleaned up the spill.
The NC Division of Water Resources was notified of the event Friday and is reviewing the incident, according to Aubrey Butler, Water and Sewer Superintendent for the Town of Smithfield.