Millions of gallons of sewage leaking into river

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials say more than a million gallons of raw sewage have been pouring into the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River near Pike County for nearly three months.

The Lexington Herald-Leader ( reported Tuesday sewage has been leaking since March 4 in Buchanan County, Va., about nine miles upstream from the Kentucky border. Once in Kentucky, the water flows about 10 miles to Fishtrap Lake, a popular boating and fishing destination near Pikeville.

Officials in Virginia said harsh winter weather apparently compromised manholes, allowing rocks and debris to clog a 20-inch pipe for hundreds of feet.

Kentucky officials say they were not notified of the spill until May 13.

Sewage leaks can cause large algae blooms that suck up oxygen in the water, killing fish and damaging the ecosystem.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,


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