Buncombe County HHS issues sewage leak advisory for French Broad River

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Buncombe County Health and Human Services is warning residents of a possible sewage leak into the French Broad River from a burst line on McDowell Street.

MSD fixed the leak as soon as it was notified, according to French Broad Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson. It also built a dam in Town Branch Creek, and is pumping the remaining contaminated water from Town Branch into the sewer line.

MSD took samples up- and downstream and should have results Sunday.

According to a release, "A line break in a municipal sewage line near Lyman and Old Lyman Streets entered into the French Broad River during the afternoon and evening hours of September 21, 2018."

The Department of Environmental Quality is working to obtain and test samples to determine the impact of the break.

During that time, public health officials say people should stay out of the French Broad from the point of the break to the Madison County line.

Contact with or ingestion of sewage can cause health problems for humans and animals alike.

Anyone who encounters the water should wash thoroughly with clean water and soap as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact Buncombe County Health and Human Services at (828) 250-5037 and select option 1 or 2.

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