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News Release, Calvert County Public Information Office
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Aug. 5, 2020 – On the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, due to the excessive rainfall brought about by Tropical Storm Isaias, erosion beneath the Main Street roadway in Prince Frederick damaged a sewer line and caused a sewage force main to rupture. As a result, sewage was discharged 200 yards north of the headwaters of Parkers Creek.
A substantial quantity of effluent was controlled through shutting down pump stations and removal with pump trucks. At no time was there impact to service for water and sewer customers. The Department of Public Works is working to repair the line and roadway.
Because of the temporary sewage discharge, all residents and visitors are strongly cautioned to avoid contact with the waters of Parkers Creek or where the creek meets the Chesapeake Bay until Friday, Aug. 7, at the earliest.
Calvert County Health Department, Environmental Health, will conduct follow-up sampling of the Scientists’ Cliffs Beach early next week with results expected by Aug. 13. Although it is likely that any potential contamination will be clear by Aug. 7, that cannot be guaranteed until the laboratory results are confirmed next week.
For questions, please contact Public Works Director Kerry Dull at Kerry.Dull@calvertcountymd.gov or 410-532-2204.
Calvert County continues to share updates, guidance and resources in response to Tropical Storm Isaias through its online hurricane resource center at www.CalvertCountyMd.gove/Hurricane.