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Bank Erosion Leads to Broken Pipe, Sewer Spill & Fish Kill Along Briar Creek

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Contact: Cam Coley, 704-391-5106

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department (CMUD) crews responded to a broken sewer line and wastewater overflow Sunday evening near 540 Bramlet Drive. The spill has resulted in a fish kill discovered late yesterday, further down the creek. 
Recent flooding eroded the creek bank, causing the 21-inch wastewater pipe to break. An estimated 183,500 gallons of wastewater reached Edwards Branch, which feeds into Briar Creek. Crews responded to the spill site within 30 minutes Sunday, reported it to regulators and immediately set up an operation to divert wastewater flow around the broken pipe area using a temporary hose. “Crews will pump around the repair site for the next 10 days, until we finish replacing 50 feet of large sewer pipe and stabilize 200 feet of creek bank,” said CMUD spokesperson Cam Coley.
The dead fish were found yesterday afternoon along Briar Creek near Park Road. Cleanup and public notification continues today, including email contact with neighborhood residents, schools and businesses along the Briar Creek corridor between Selwyn Road and the Huntingtowne Farms neighborhood. As a precaution, citizens are encouraged to avoid direct contact with Briar Creek for the next 72-hours, and to also keep their pets out of the creek. Mecklenburg County Water Quality officials will continue monitoring the stream on a daily basis until water quality conditions return to normal.
For more information...

  • ...about the spill & pipe repair: news media should contact Cam Coley, CMUD Community Information, at 704-391-5106.
  • ...about the creek impacts and monitoring: please contact Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services spokesperson Rusty Rozzelle at 704-336-5449.