Broken pipe leaks raw sewage near city park

REEDSPORT, Ore. - A broken pipe leaked raw sewage near Bicentennial Park in Reedsport.

The spill was discovered on June 4.

Once the city found the broken pipe, crews were able to repair it and prevent further contamination.

For now, Providence Creek is considered contaminated and officials are urging people to stay away from it.

The state Department of Environmental Quality estimated the broken pipe spilled between 8,000 and 28,000 gallons of sewage per day for an unknown period of time.

But the city said the duration and amount of the spill remains unknown.

"I would ask the DEQ where those numbers came from," said Jonathan Wright, Reedsport's city manager. "We're just fortunate this one occurred in an area that could easily be contained and far enough away from people that it really doesn't cause a real health concern."

The city is still testing the area and urges people to stay away until the contamination is confirmed to be gone.