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January thaw results in more sewage overflows

Melting snow and run-off into area sewers is creating another round of overflows from sewage treatment plants across the Buffalo Niagara region into area waterways, according to the state's emergency alert system.

Niagara Falls made the list again.

The Niagara Falls wastewater treatment plant reported that at 12:30 p.m. Thursday it was discharging an estimated 1,500 gallons per minute of untreated sewage and stormwater.

The overflow was 11 hours old and counting, according to the report.


Other sewage discharges across Western New York included:

  • Erie County's wastewater treatment plant at Big Sister Creek in Derby;
  • Five West Seneca discharges into Cazenovia Creek and the Buffalo River;
  • Seven Cheektowaga discharges into Scajaquada, Ellicott and Cayuga creeks;
  • Erie County's facilities in Hamburg into Foster Brook, Smoke Creek and Lake Erie;
  • A Grand Island overflow into the Niagara River.


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