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400,000 gallons of raw sewage spill into Hudson River

November 03, 2016 05:07 PM

Heavy rains sent more than 400,000 gallons of raw sewage into the Hudson River on Thursday.

According to DEC alerts, the majority spilled into the river in Green Island, a total of 396,000 gallons there, more than 42,000 in Hudson Falls, 12,000 in Glens Falls and 2,000 in Fort Edward.

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The Department of Environmental Conservation calls these combined sewer overflows. They are allowed and they happen when heavy rains send rain water into the sewer system. The system is overloaded and the excess spills into the river.

Karen Tararache addressed the issue In-Depth last week. You can watch her “In Depth” report here.

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