Flooding caused millions of gallons of raw sewage to flow into Bellingham Bay

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Flooding in the North Sound is being blamed for 30 million gallons of raw sewage flowing into Bellingham Bay, according to the Bellingham Herald.

The city says the sewage overflowed over the past three weeks.

In a news release, officials said the Post Point Wastewater Treatment Plant discharged 9 million gallons over about 7.5 hours on Nov. 28. The Bellingham Herald also reported that there was another sewage overflow event Nov. 14-15 for about 30 hours.

City officials told the Bellingham Herald that sewage is typically mostly water and this spill was even more diluted by the flooding.

Officials also said in the news release that the water quality impacts of the overflow are expected to be minimal.