DPW reports sewer overflows related to heavy rains

May 30, 2018

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works estimates that over 10 million gallons of wastewater mixed with stormwater has overflowed into the Jones Falls beginning Sunday, May 27.  Overflows at Charing Cross, Gelston Drive, and Liberty Heights overflowed into the Gwynns Falls.

This total is from preliminary data with a final total to be provided. These overflows were caused by the heavy rains and occurred at the following structured overflow locations, totals are in million gallons (MG). 

These were structured overflows with the exception of the last two on the list:

1901 Falls Road – 1.471 MG

428 E. Preston Street – 7.468 MG

3104 Liberty Heights Avenue – 0.036

West Cold Spring Lane and Ayrdale Avenue   - 0.167 MG

North Charles Street and West Lanvale Street – 0.030 MG

Charing Cross Road and Greenwich Avenue – 0.104  MG

1800 E. Eager Street - 0.984 MG

Gelston Drive and Linnard Street   -  0.0251 MG

There were also a number of smaller overflows due to water inundation into the sewer system.  Structured overflows were designed into the City’s sewer system more than 100 years ago to provide such releases when the sewers became inundated with rainwater. They are being eliminated as part of the City’s sewer system consent decree. The Baltimore City Health Department and the Maryland Department of the Environment were notified of the releases.

Citizens who experience basement sewage backups as a result of rain events are encouraged to take advantage of the city’s Expedited Reimbursement Program (ERP).  This program is to reimburse residents and property owners for cleanup costs related sewage backups caused by wet weather.  Application and eligibility information can be found at this link https://publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/sewer-consent-decree/building-backups. Please note that this program is NOT designed for costs related to flood damage, hurricanes, or other extreme weather events.

The public is reminded to avoid contact with urban waterways due to the risk of pollution. For information about health concerns as a result of sewer overflows please go to http://health.baltimorecity.gov/sanitary-sewer-overflows-sso.