Sewage pipe blockage sends raw sewage into North Shore beach

Sewage pipe blockage sends raw sewage into North Shore beach
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LAIE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Debris and diapers were blamed for causing a sewage spill Thursday that sent nearly 175 gallons of raw sewage into a storm drain that discharges into Temple Beach on Oahu's North Shore.

The sewer overflow happened about 9:15 a.m., when the debris blocked a sewage pipe, and was fixed by 10:30 a.m.

Crews said about 1,500 gallons of raw sewage seeped out of a manhole, but about 1,175 gallons were recovered.

Some 150 gallons drained into the ground, and 175 gallons went into a storm drain.

Warning signs have been posted to keep people out of the water and the city Department of Environmental Services is working to clean and disinfect the area.

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