NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Over 4,000 gallons of sewage may have made it to the Ashley River after a blockage occurred in North Charleston on Wednesday, authorities say.
North Charleston Sewer District Manager Jimmy Green said the sanitary sewer overflow happened during the afternoon at 6624 Dorchester Road near Brackenbrook Apartments.
Green said approximately 4,500 gallons of sewage was released from a manhole as a result of an unknown blockage. That blockage was relieved at noon on Thursday, stopping the overflow.
Green said the run-off from the spill entered a ditch and could have made its way to the waters of the Ashley River. Sampling is underway for contamination, Green added.
Crews are currently working to disinfect the areas and clean up any debris which may have escaped.
Area residents should avoid contact with the water in that area for the next few days as a precaution, according to Green.