Five Million Gallons of Sewage Overflows Into Georgetown’s C&O Canal

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Water rushes through Great Falls on the Potomac River March 3, 2012 in Great Falls Park in Virginia. Heavy rains from fast moving storms in the last 24 hours have caused the river to rise several feet. Great Falls Park, an 800-acre park located along the Potomac River, is one of the most spectacular natural landmarks in the Washington DC metropolitan area. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Water rushes through Great Falls on the Potomac River March 3, 2012 in Great Falls Park in Virginia. Heavy rains from fast moving storms in the last 24 hours have caused the river to rise several feet. Great Falls Park, an 800-acre park located along the Potomac River, is one of the most spectacular natural landmarks in the Washington DC metropolitan area. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — The National Park Service says an additional 5 million gallons sewage overflow from this week’s storms has caused untreated wastewater to spill into the C&O Canal in Georgetown.

The park service is advising anyone who uses the canal below Lock 6 to sanitize equipment that comes into contact with the water through midday Sunday. People are also advised not to fish in the canal below Lock 6 or go into the water during that time.

The overflow was confirmed Friday evening.

An earlier sewage spill led to the closure of the Capital Crescent Trail between Fletcher’s Cove and Water Street in Georgetown. The trail is expected to remain closed for as long as several weeks.

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