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Sewer blockage causes wastewater to flow into Sarasota Bay water drain

Crews aren't sure how much wastewater entered a drain that leads to Sarasota Bay.
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In this undated photo, wastewater flows from a sewage system.

SARASOTA SPRINGS, Fla. — A grease blockage in the main sewer line of a city facility in Sarasota caused about 300 gallons of wastewater to flow out of a customer’s cleanout.

An unknown amount entered a stormwater drain that leads to Sarasota Bay, according to a news release from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The department said about 25 gallons were recovered after the 2:30 p.m. Monday incident at 1750 12th Street.

The grease blockage was removed, the affected area was disinfected with lime and then cleaned up. The DEP plans to take water samples, too.