More than 2 million gallons of human waste mixed with water flowed out of Baltimore's sewage system amid last week's rainfall, city officials said Monday.Baltimore needs to clean up its act. The city needs some Depends.
Most of it, about 1.6 million gallons, was released into an underground portion of the Jones Falls beneath the 400 block of East Preston Street.
About 460,000 gallons flowed into the waterway just upstream from there, beneath North Charles and West Lanvale streets and in the 1900 block of Falls Road just before the stream is channeled underground.
The sewage flowed from openings in the antiquated network of pipes that were designed to relieve pressure when the system is overloaded. The city is under orders to close the outflows as it works to satisfy a court-mandated consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency that aims to protect public health and clean up the Inner Harbor and Chesapeake Bay.