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October 5th, 2012

Newburgh Sewer Trunk Line Break

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.

Residents are 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.

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