ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — The Howard County Health Department says a ruptured sewer main allowed 1.6 million gallons of sewer water to overflow in the Patuxent River.

Officials say on Friday, a sinkhole developed on North Second Street. Crews found that a 12-inch force sewer main broke.

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Authorities say the break was repaired in about eight hours.

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Residents are urged to stay away from the site. Signs warning about sanitary overflow have been posted.

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