Clogged Sewer Overflow

(Image: Portland Bureau of Environmental Services)

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - About 1,700 gallons of sewage overflowed in northeast Portland Thursday afternoon due to a clogged line.

The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services said overflow happened in the 5200 block of Northeast Glisan Street and was due to a sewer line that was clogged with rags and other debris.

BES said the overflow was largely contained in a street planter, which prevented further discharge into the street.

City workers said no overflow occurred to the Willamette River. 

The overflow began around 4 p.m. and was stopped around 5:45 p.m. Crews cleaned up the area and posted warning signs that will remain in place for about 48 hours.

BES advises the public not to flush rags or wipes or anything other than toilet paper and human waste. Grease should be put in a container and then in the trash, not down kitchen drains.

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