An early-morning St. Valentine's Day sewer spill sent at least 2,700 gallons of sewage cascading toward a tributary of Tanner Creek in Southwest Portland, city officials say.
The Bureau of Environmental Services reported the release occurred at a pump station, 3263 S.W. Cascade Terrace, located near a "stormwater catch basin" that leads to a stream that flows into Tanner Creek.
The spill began around 5:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, according to a news release. "An investigation of the cause of the release is ongoing," officials say.
Warning signs were posted in the area instructing the public to avoid contact with the water for at least 48 hours.
BES authorities say the spill is not related to the combined sewer overflow control system, which plagued residents with frequent spills during rainy periods until a $1 billion fix was implemented in 2011.
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