Here’s how the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant works: raw sewage flows uphill into the plant by way of an electrical pump. Here’s how the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant fails: a certain superstorm with a gender-neutral name knocks out power to the plant and raw sewage flows into the Little Patuxent River by way of gravity — at the rate of 2 million gallons per hour (some of that is rain water).
As of early Tuesday morning, the stuff was still running downhill and would be for a little while as BGE crews waited for winds to abate before bringing out the bucket trucks needed to restore power. Residents have been asked to stay away from the river south of Rt. 32. I don’t think they’ll need much convincing.
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