Manhole overflows, sewage flows into SW Portland creek

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Raw sewage flowed into a creek that runs through Dickinson Park & Woods in southwest Portland on Thursday morning, officials said. 

A clogged sewer line caused the sewage to overflow from a manhole on the southern border of the park, according to the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. 

The manhole is located in the 10800 block of Southwest 57th Avenue. City crews got to the site around 11:30 a.m. and had stopped the overflow by around 2:45 p.m. 

The sewer line was cleared of debris and the area was cleaned up. 

Still, officials posted warning signs at the site and asked people to avoid contact with the creek for 72 hours because there may be more bacteria in the water than usual. 

Keeping sewage lines working properly means keeping certain items from flowing into them. 

This means discarding grease in garbage cans and not down drains, only flushing waste and toilet paper in toilets and not dumping anything into storm drains. 

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