ACCOKEEK, Md. (AP) - The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission says heavy rainfall was the cause of a sewage spill into Accokeek Creek.
The WSSC says 85,000 gallons of untreated, diluted wastewater were spilled into the creek next to its Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The sewage overflow lasted about 3 hours. WSSC officials say heavy rainfall caused the plant's capacity to be exceeded.
State environmental officials and local health officials have been notified of the spill, and signs have been posted warning people to avoid the area.