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No problems expected in Morganton sewage spills

MORGANTON -- Officials in Burke County say they don’t expect any lasting impact from the spill of about 782,000 gallons of sewer water this week following heavy thunderstorms.

Joshua Harris, a spokesman for the City of Morganton, said two spills were reported after storms dumped more than 4 inches of rain in a four-hour period near Morganton.

Water Resources Director Brad Boris said most of the spill involved rainwater overflow, rather than sewage.

The biggest spill -- 780,000 gallons -- was reported at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, from about 1 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday. The water spilled into Hunting Creek and then the Catawba River. Another 2,400 gallons overflowed into Hunting Creek between 7 and 10 p.m. Wednesday at Fleming and Cox streets in Morganton.

Boris said repairs are under way at Morganton’s wastewater treatment plant, and he said a project to repair sewer issues at Cox and Fleming streets is expected to start next month.

Residents will not have to boil drinking water, officials say.

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