NEWBURGH - The City of Newburgh has issued a State of Emergency following a major sewer trunk
line failure on a portion of the West Trunk line, resulting in a
spillage of raw sewage into the Quassaick Creek at the location of the
pipe breach near the Mill St. Bridge and
the City’s Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Outfall 002 located at the River Road
crossing of the Quassaick Creek.
According to the City of Newburgh, officials from the
Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), DEC, and Orange County Department
of Health have been notified and are responding.
advised to avoid recreational activity and contact with the Quassaick Creek downstream
of the Mill St. Bridge and the Hudson River in the vicinity of the Quassaick
Creek until further notice.
The State of Emergency has been issued to allow the City to
continue to use outside contractors on an emergency basis until the situation
is resolved, City Manager Richard Herbek stated. This
will facilitate the continued repairs to the sewer line. There is no immediate danger to public health or safety, he reiterated.