Authorities in Baltimore are asking residents to share their stories after a sewage spill from a nearby wastewater plant spilled into the city’s sewage system.
At least eight people were hospitalized Thursday morning after a massive discharge from the wastewater plant at a nearby industrial park.
The Maryland Department of Public Works said that it was working with the state Department of Environmental Quality to determine how much sewage was released.
It was unclear if any of the people in the hospital were treated for exposure to the polluted water.
The department did not say how much of the sewage was being treated for contamination.
In a statement, the Maryland Department on Environmental Quality said the sewage discharge was from a wastewater treatment facility located at the Port of Baltimore, and the sewage system was not impacted.
The sewage was diverted into a nearby sewer and treated by the Port, the statement said.
The company that operates the wastewater treatment plant did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
The Department of Transportation said that an “unplanned incident” at the plant caused the discharge.
It was not immediately clear how much water was released Thursday morning, but the water was flowing into the Baltimore River.
The spill comes amid the city of Baltimore’s ongoing crisis over the sewage overflow from a sewage treatment plant.
The city is now using a new system of sewer lines to separate the water from the sewage that is being discharged into the river.
The new system also includes new pumps that can capture more of the discharged sewage.
The latest incident is the latest in a series of large water leaks that have plagued the city in recent weeks.
The last spill was at a wastewater plant in Baltimore in late April, but officials have not identified a cause for the recent releases.
Officials have said that there is no risk to public health because the sewage is not hazardous.