640,000 Gallon Sewage Spill Blamed On Excessive Rainfall From Dorian

Same Location As 8.7 Million Gallon Sewage Spill During Hurricane Matthew

SELMA- A large sewage spill in Johnston County is being blamed on excessive rainfall associated with Hurricane Dorian.

640,000 gallons of untreated wastewater discharged into Mill Creek in the vicinity of 1457 W. Noble Street in Selma from 6:10am until 1:30pm today (Friday).

Johnston County public utility officials said rainwater and stormwater infiltration into the county wastewater collection system caused the spill.

The NC Division of Water Resources has been notified about the latest spill and is reviewing the matter, officials said in a news release Friday afternoon.

Between October 8-11, 2016 during Hurricane Matthew, 8.76 million gallons of sewage escaped from the collection system in the same area of W. Noble Street. That spill was also blamed on extreme weather conditions and flooding.

In October 2017, an 11,000 sewage spill was reported on W. Noble Street due to a broken pipe.  In March 2003, an 8,000 gallon sewage spill occurred at nearly the same location. That spill was blamed on excessive rainfall.

Anyone with questions about the spill can contact the Johnston County Public Utilities Department at 919-989-5075.