Waldorf, MD – In accordance with the guidelines established by the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Charles County Department of Public Works’ Utilities Division and the Charles County Department of Health report an accidental sewage overflow occurred at a manhole adjacent to St. Charles Parkway near the intersection with St. Marks Drive in Waldorf, Maryland.

According to the Department of Public Works, an accumulation of grease blocked the sewer line, resulting in an overflow at the manhole. The overflow discharged raw sewage, estimated to be in excess of 10,000 gallons, into an unnamed tributary of Zekiah Swamp Run. The exact amount of the overflow is not immediately known and will require further investigation.

The Department of Public Works responded to a telephone call from a local resident at 10:30 a.m. on March 12, 2016, about the overflow, which was cleared by 12:30 pm.

“No homes were affected, and the line has been cleared and is again flowing freely,” per the Department of Public Works.

An advisory has been posted in the affected area of St. Charles Parkway and the adjacent stream to alert the public to temporarily avoid all contact with the stream channel. The advisory will be in effect until otherwise notified by the Charles County Department of Health.

The Department of Public Works will be sampling the affected waters downstream of the overflow for the next few days.

For more information, please call the Department of Public Works’ Utilities Division at 301-609-7400, or the Charles County Department of Health at 301-609-6759.