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Rain Causes Big Pipe Overflow, Sending Sewage Into Willamette River

(Portland, OR) -- Officials say heavy rain over the weekend filled up Portland's Big Pipe, sending raw sewage into the Willamette River for about four hours. The Big Pipe is a large storage reservoir that gives the treatment plant more time to process the waste. The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services says you should avoid contact with the Willamette River in downtown Portland through Tuesday. This is the fifth overflow of 2021.

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