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Advisory lifted following sewage spill

Staff Writer

The safety advisory notice put in place last week following a roughly 5,000-gallon sewage spill near Lake Norman in the eastern portion of the county has been lifted.
Lincoln County Public Works announced the cancellation shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, noting that the county’s Health Department had approved of the move. The affected area included the 4400 block of Burton Lane in Denver.
Water samples were collected for daily testing from three sites in the area, with two consecutive samples showing test results below the required maximum levels for all three sites. All sampling now meets the North Carolina Division of Water Quality standards.
As the Times-News previously reported, the spill occurred Thursday afternoon following an apparent lightning strike at a pump station, resulting in pump failure.
After the sewage started to flow toward a Lake Norman cove adjacent to the Lakewood Subdivision, the Health Department was notified and issued the warning for the area.
County Public Works Director Don Chamblee told the Times-News at the time that a backup generator was used to resume the pumping and that the flow had been contained, with “cleanup mode” set to begin.
The spill occurred between 500 and 1,000 yards from the lake. As such, Chamblee wasn’t sure that any of the sewage actually made it into the water. Nonetheless, the proper precautionary measures were being taken, he said.
Chamblee noted that the control panel at the pump station had “burned-up boards.” While lightning is suspected, he said it could have also been caused by an electrical surge.
The Health Department recommended that all boaters, fishermen and swimmers avoid contact with the lake water in that area.

For more information, contact Lincoln County Public Works at (704) 736-8497.

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