Thousands of Gallons of Sewage Spill Onto DC Trail After Heavy Rains

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WASHINGTON (WNEW) — For the second time in less than a month, thousands upon thousands of gallons of raw sewage are spilling onto a popular hiking and biking trail in D.C.

The Capital Crescent Trail is again closed from Fletcher’s Boathouse to Georgetown and DC Water officials say it will be days until it’s reopened.

Heavy rains that fell Thursday night into Friday morning forced the failure of a mechanical device beneath ground in DC Water’s infrastructure that caused the overflow. Engineers thought they found the cause of the problem after the first spill, but now they think there’s most likely another problem they don’t know about.

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The first spill resulted in more than 5 million gallons of raw sewage and rainwater spilling onto the trail, which forced its closure as well as warnings for residents and their pets to stay away from the C&O Canal waters.

This time, it does not appear the canal water has been impacted.

Crews will have to wait until the river water recedes before they can get to the bottom of what happened. In the meantime, raw sewage and rainwater continue to spill onto the trail.

WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves contributed to this report. Follow Mark and WNEW on Twitter.

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