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Private pipe identified as source of 27,000-gallon sewage discharge into Woods Creek

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The discharge of 27,000 gallons of sewage into Woods Creek was from a privately owned pipe and not a city sewer line, according to the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services.

The discharge occurred Sunday on the 6100 block of Southwest Canby Street.

City crews stopped it by diverting the flow to the city sewer system.

On Wednesday, city workers reported that the source of the leak was a private pipe designed to only carry rainwater to the creek, which is a tributary of Fanno Creek, but a private sewage pipe was mistakenly connected to it.

The Bureau of Environmental Services is investigating to pinpoint the exact source of the sewage connection to the storm water pipe.

Crews were continuing to clean up the site adjacent to April Hill Park Natural Area between April Hill Park and Southwest Multnomah Boulevard on Wednesday.

April Hill Park and the adjacent nature trail remain open.

Warning signs are posted in the area to avoid contact with Woods Creek.

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