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Heavy rain causes sewage overflow in Willamette River

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Heavy, sustained rain led to an overflow of sewage into the Willamette River on Monday.

The combined sewer system overflow began at 7:50 a.m., according to the city of Portland.

People were advised to avoid contact with the river from the Sellwood Bridge to the Columbia River confluence for 48 hours once the overflow ends.

Another separate sewage release was reported at 711 S.E. 11th Ave. in Portland.

Roots blocking a public sewer line led to the incident at 10 p.m. Sunday, according to the city of Portland. Crews worked until the release was stopped at 8 a.m. Monday.

An estimated 60,000 gallons of sewage flowed from an outdoor sewer cleanout and through indoor fixtures into a nearby apartment building.

Sewage flowed into catch basins on Southeast 11th Avenue that drain to the combined sewer system.

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