Connecticut town inundated with 25 million gallons of sewage (w/ video)Stamford, CT (CNN) - A lot of Connecticut got a lot of rain over a 24 hour period. So much that a number of sewage plants around the state just couldn't handle it. Thirteen sewage treatment plants overflowed Thursday, spilling sewage. At least one of them spilled 25 million gallons worth.
By: Bob Wilson, CNN
Stamford, CT (CNN) - A lot of Connecticut got a lot of rain over a 24 hour period. So much that a number of sewage plants around the state just couldn't handle it. Thirteen sewage treatment plants overflowed Thursday, spilling sewage. At least one of them spilled 25 million gallons worth.
You could smell it all over Stamford.
Al Vaccio – Resident: "I know the sewer treatment plant is over there and I thought they just had some bad wind or something."
Reporter: "25 million gallons of raw sewage into the water.
Al Vaccio: Wow, that's a lot."
It's hard to stomach, all of the smell and bubbles and foam and mess on the surface of the rivers and beaches along Stamford. It's raw sewage. It's one of the largest leaks in the city’s history. The water treatment plant overwhelmed with all of the rain.
Louis Caras – Resident: "So something like that especially that kind of volume of sewage is definitely going to linger around in here for a while, probably won't be able to catch fish off the dock here."
Sewage warnings have been posted and letters have gone out. The regatta scheduled for this evening was canceled as the temperatures soared into the seventies. The health department is ordering everyone to stay out of the water.
Sheryl Barns – Stamford: "My yard backs onto the water, so I understand that the spillages occur with rain but their should be a better way to have some safety controls in place."
Health officials say one of the problems is, as it starts to break apart it's going to look like it's moving out, but really it's just getting smaller and smaller pieces, says it's still very dangerous. The health risk is there, and you need to stay out of the water.
Louis Caras: "Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining, right? Doesn't matter if it's raining while you are peeing on my leg, you are still peeing on my leg."
So how long will it take Mother Nature to clean the river and sound? The city doesn't have an exact timetable, but there probably won't be any swimming this weekend.
Michael Handler - Stamford Water Pollution Control: "It will take a couple of days. Right now, the health department, in conjunction with the Water Pollution Control Authority, is testing the water and will test regularly until the colafourm counts are low enough so we can let people back in the water."