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12K gallons of wastewater leak into Youngsville stream after storm

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YOUNGSVILLE — Officials say about 12,000 gallons of untreated wastewater entered Richland Creek near Youngsville after heavy rain in the region last week.

The spill happened around 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 6, according to Franklin County Public Utilities. It continued until 4:30 a.m. the next day, after about 14,175 gallons were discharged.

About 12,000 gallons are thought to have entered an unnamed tributary of Richland Creek, which itself is a tributary of the Neuse River basin.

Officials started cleanup after the overflow stopped, according to a release.

A second discharge of untreated wastewater happened in Franklinton on the same day. Officials were dispatched at 7:10 p.m. to the Franklinton Regional pump station.

About 5.250 gallons overflowed until the discharge stopped at 10:30 p.m., officials said. All wastewater remained at the pump station site, and cleanup began that day.

Both overflows were caused by rain.

A series of strong thunderstorms Feb. 6 brought several inches of rain to the region and caused power outages across the state. Much of central North Carolina was under a tornado watch that day.

That storm knocked down trees, overflowed streams and was blamed for crashes across the Triangle.

Wake and Franklin County schools dismissed student early Feb. 6 and cancelled classes Feb. 7. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory across North Carolina on Feb. 7, warning of wind gusts up to 45 mph throughout the day. The weather service advised travelers to stay off roads.