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Power outage results in sewage spill in Murrysville creek

| Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

A power outage along the Murrysville-Monroeville border sent an unknown amount of sewage into a Murrysville creek Monday.

Employees at Countyline Collision said they found sewage waste flowing into Haymaker Run, a tributary of Turtle Creek which runs alongside the business, Monday morning.

“The back side of the manhole cover kicked up in the air, and it was flowing into the creek again,” said Scott Funk, assistant manager of the auto body shop. “It brought sewage back into the building again.”

Authority manager Jim Brucker said a sewage pump failed around 3 a.m. Monday when a power outage affected the system.

He said he dispatched authority workers to fix the problem and that he was not told of an overflow.

Funk said the overflow also caused sewage to back up in the auto shop's bathroom. The shop's manager found the sewage around 6:30 a.m., Funk said.

“It floods our building every time,” Funk said. “We had to mop all the floors inside again.”

The flow of sewage stopped around 8 a.m., he said.

This was the first overflow near the Route 22 business since a series of 15 in seven weeks during the summer.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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