Sewage flows into Willamette after pump fails

Sewage flows into Willamette after pump fails

PORTLAND, Ore. – Raw sewage flowed into the Willamette River on Sunday afternoon after a pump failed at an apartment building, city officials said.

Monday morning, Linc Mann with Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services said the leak was brought under control at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday by a private cleanup firm but about 1,800 gallons of sewage had escaped into the Willamette.

The failed pump was at the bottom of SE Spokane Street, just north of the Sellwood Bridge.

Maintenance crews from the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services arrived on the scene at about 3:30 p.m. and estimated about five gallons of sewage per minute was flowing into the river.

Mann urged residents to avoid contact with the water in the area around the bridge on Monday and Tuesday.