The City of Salem announced that an overflow of raw sewage occurred into the Little Pudding River on January 03, 2022, at approximately 1:15 pm near 4770 Glendale Ave NE due to the recent heavy rains and saturated ground conditions. The overflow stopped at approximately 7:30 am on January 04, 2022. Approximately 3,105 gallons of raw sewage were spilled at the site.
Salem Public Works Department crews were dispatched to the site to monitor the overflow. City of Salem Environmental Services staff collected surface water samples from the Little Pudding River and will continue to monitor the area until the issue is cleared. Any bacteria that entered the site should be flushed out of the water body in the next few days. Salem Public Works Department encourages people to stay out of the water.
If you see an overflowing manhole or wish to report a spill, please call the Public Works
Department Dispatch Center at 503-588-6333.
Learn more about Sanitary Sewer Overflows (https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/treating-salems-watewater.aspx) and the steps taken by the City of Salem to reduce these events.