Upstate Sewage Leak Sealed

Sewer main break caused by fallen tree.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Untreated sewage pouring into the Hudson - at the rate of a million and a half gallons a day - after a tree cracks a sewer main in Ossining. (Published Thursday, Aug 11, 2011)

    A sewer main break in the village of Ossining, N.Y., that sent sewage spewing into the Hudson River has been sealed. 

    The 18-inch main ruptured after a tree fell on it. The main spewed sewage into Killbrook Creek, which is about a quarter-mile from the Hudson River.

    The leak had forced the closure of Croton Point Park Beach and Philipse Manor Beach.

    Officials also urged swimmers, boaters, windsurfers and kayakers to avoid direct contact with the Hudson River.

    The Health Department estimated 1.5 million gallons per day of sewage was leaking because of the break. To alleviate the damage to the river, the village added chlorine solution upstream.

    It was the second sewage spill affecting the Hudson River this summer. In July, a fire at a Harlem treatment plant caused a major sewage spill that affected area waterways for several days.