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25 million gallons of sewage spills into Stamford harbor: Gagging stench in air

Stamford Conn. raw sewage spill is stinking up the city. 25 million gallons of raw sewage spilled after the rain overflowed the sewage plant on Wednesday.
Courtesy of Stamford Advocate / Photographer Lindsay Perry

The smell of raw sewage is unmistakable in Stamford, Conn. today after 25 million gallons of raw sewage overflowed the city's treatment plant after all the rain. According to WDAY News Connecticut on May 2, you could smell the sewage along the shore today and needless to say, residents are not happy.

A resident of the city, Al Vaccio, said he could smell sewage, but just thought they had some “bad wind or something.” When learning that 25 million gallons of the city’s raw sewage had spilled into the harbor water in Stamford, Vaccio said, “Wow that’s a lot.”

This is one of the largest sewage spills in the city’s history. This raw and untreated sewage is not only stinking up the town, but you can see it floating on top of the water, as seen in the picture above. The sewage started flowing into Stamford’s harbor on Wednesday night during the storm, according to NBC News.

A sewage warning was posted and letters have gone out to residents of Stamford. The health department has ordered everyone to stay out of the water.

The temperature is expected to rise into the 70s today and if the sun comes out, this could warm up the sewage adding to the stench that is already infiltrating the city. The dark brown masses made up of this sewage along with a foam-like substance is visible throughout the harbor and along stretches of the shore in Stamford today.

Stamford had a regatta scheduled for tonight, Friday, but that has been canceled. The health department said that the floating sewage will look like it is moving out of the area because the pieces will get smaller and smaller.

The sewage is just breaking apart but still there. It can still be very dangerous once it can’t be seen anymore and you still need to stay out of the water. Resident Louis Caras said:

"So something like that especially that kind of volume of sewage is definitely going to linger around in here for a while, probably won't be able to catch fish off the dock here."

Health officials are not sure of a timeline for the water to clear up, but there probably won’t be any swimming over the weekend. The health department will continue testing the water regularly until the sewage counts lower enough to allow folks back in the water.

Stanford was one of 13 sewage treatment plants in the state that overflowed in the heavy 24-hour period of rain the state experienced this week.

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