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Sewer break provides reality check at exercise



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A representative of Veolia Water makes an on-scene assessment of Thursday’s sewer pipe break. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
August 29, 2010
STURBRIDGE — A short stretch of the Route 131 section of Main Street near the Public Safety Complex was closed late Thursday morning while crews cleaned up wastewater that spilled into the roadway.

The spill occurred shortly after 10 a.m., predominantly pooling under the Interstate 84 overpass. The flow was cut off by about 10:30, and the section of the road was reopened a couple of hours later.

"It was a private contractor that was doing some work and they broken into the municipal sewer pipe by accident, so there was a release of sewerage," said Sturbridge Health Agent Alyssa Rusiecki.

Rusiecki went on to say the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection was contacted and was working with Conservation Agent Erin Jacque to assess any impact the spill might have had on nearing wetlands.

"It was released into wetlands, but there's no public health issue at this time," she said. "In no way was any of the public water supply compromised."

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