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Two-Million Gallons Spilled, City Says

By Catherine M. Welch

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington City officials say two-million gallons of wastewater have spilled from the River Road sewer pipe break.

About a million gallons of that has been captured at the site and pumped into tankers.

The pipe broke at River Road and Shipyard Boulevard, right at the Port of Wilmington's facility entrance.

Repair crews were going to start repair work Tuesday night, but the city says that plan was scratched because more equipment is needed.

City spokesperson Malissa Talbert says it's not known when the break will be fixed.

Talbert says the city is looking into what exactly happened Monday when a power crew punctured the forcemain pipe that carries wastewater to the city's Southside Wastewater Treatment plant.

The city says 500,000-gallons spilled into the Cape Fear River.

The state has issued a swimming advisory for the river in New Hanover and Brunswick counties. There's no word on whether the advisory has been lifted.