Scientists: Massive untreated sewage leak discovered in Rye

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Scientists are warning residents in Rye to stay away from a local brook and nearby harbor after a massive untreated sewage leak was discovered Thursday less than a quarter-mile away from the city's downtown.

Scientists from Save the Sound say more than 4 million gallons of raw sewage has been discharged into a brook since early December.

The brook is only steps away from downtown Rye and many homes, businesses, and restaurants.

Scientists say they discovered untreated raw sewage was flowing into a catch basin on Theodore Fremd Avenue under I-95 on Dec. 7.

Since then, they discovered other catch basins with sewage, all being discharged into Blind Brook at Theodore Fremd and Elm Place.

Scientists tested the sewage water and found it contains what they say are very high levels of fecal bacteria.

Nearly two months later, Save the Sound estimates that more than 4 million gallons of raw sewage has been discharged into the brook, which flows into Milton Harbor and eventually Long Island Sound.

"Untreated sewage carries diseases, obviously. And it's not easy to see. If people are interacting with the water in any way and they ingest some accidentally or get some on their skin, it can cause issues and illnesses," says Peter Linderoth, of Save the Sound.

City officials say they hope to start emergency work on sewer pipes under I-95 on Monday and fix the problem as soon as possible.

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