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More than 100,000 gallons of sewer water released in Myrtle Beach pipe failure

Workers repair an corroded sewage pipe that spilled more than 100,000 gallons of sewer water Monday morning.
Workers repair an corroded sewage pipe that spilled more than 100,000 gallons of sewer water Monday morning. cboschult@thesunnews.com

Crews in Myrtle Beach are repairing a 24-inch sewer line that broke Monday morning.

City Spokesperson Mark Kruea said the pipe on Canal Street near the Mary Canty Recreation Center is around 30 or 40 years old and broke by itself.

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Workers repair an corroded sewage pipe that spilled more than 100,000 gallons of sewer water Monday morning. Christian Boschult cboschult@Thesunnews.com

Kruea said in an email that the pipe walls had become thin through corrosion and that " heavier-than-normal flow volumes may have caused the pipe to break."

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Workers stop work when the rain came down while they were repairing an corroded sewage pipe in Myrtle Beach that spilled more than 100,000 gallons of sewer water Monday morning. Christian Boschult cboschult@thesunnews.com

Kruea said 105,000 gallons of sewage were released, but that most of it was contained and collected. He said the pipe should be repaired later today.

As a precaution, water quality samples were collected from several locations in the Withers Swash drainage basin and in the Atlantic Ocean, where the swash enters, Kruea said, adding that the test results would be available mid-day Tuesday.

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Workers huddle under a bus stop shelter while the rain comes down. City staff were busy repairing a corroded sewer pipe in Myrtle Beach that spilled out more than 100,000 gallons of sewer water Monday morning. Christian Boschult cboschult@thesunnews.com

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