ACCOKEEK, Md. (AP) — The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission says heavy rainfall was the cause of a sewage spill into Accokeek Creek.

The WSSC says 85,000 gallons of untreated, diluted wastewater were spilled into the creek next to its Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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The sewage overflow lasted about 3 hours. WSSC officials say heavy rainfall caused the plant’s capacity to be exceeded.

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State environmental officials and local health officials have been notified of the spill, and signs have been posted warning people to avoid the area.

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