National Park Service warns of additional sewer leak

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Water told the National Park Service (NPS) Friday that last week's storms caused additional untreated combined sewer to overflow a man hole along the NPS's Potomac Interceptor and into the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

NPS said they recommend park visitors who used the Canal from below lock 6 sanitize equipment that came into contact with the water. NPS also recommends to refrain from fishing or recreating in the C&O Canal below lock 6 through mid-day Sunday.

Authorities said the Capital Crescent Trail between Fletcher's Cove and Water Street in Georgetown is still closed and expected to stay closed for possibly several weeks because of a large sewage spill.

NPS and DC Water are working together to get the commute route back open as soon as possible and when it is safe to do so. NPS also recommends not to recreate in the Potomac River and to sanitize any equipment that comes in contact with the water from just below Fletcher Cover into Georgetown until noon Monday.


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