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Barnards Creek Sewer Spill Volume Could Exceed One Million Gallons

During a sewer spill yesterday along River Road in Wilmington, more than one million gallons of sewage may have flowed into Barnards Creek in Wilmington. 

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Spokesperson Carey Ricks says that crews have been working around the clock to repair a section of pipe, a job that caused closures on River Road near Independence Boulevard and Sanders Road.

Authority staff members have confirmed that all of River Road is open once again to traffic and they ask that motorists use caution as crews continue working at the scene. 

Staff members are also still investigating the cause of the spill and calculating the exact spill volume, which is estimated at anywhere from 750,000 to 1.4 million gallons of waste water. 

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After growing up in Woodbridge, Virginia, Michelle attended Virginia Tech before moving to Wilmington to complete her Master in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. Her reporting and nonfiction writing have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, within the pages of Wrightsville Beach Magazine, and in literary journals like River Teeth and Ninth Letter. Before moving to Wilmington, Michelle served as the general manager for WUVT, a community radio station in Blacksburg, Virginia. She lives with her husband Scott and their pups, Katie, Cooper, and Mosey.