HUDSON — A wastewater pipeline broke at the intersection of Denton Road and U.S. 19 in Hudson, filling the roadside drainage ditches with sewage Saturday, county authorities said. Though Pasco utilities staff managed to contain the spill, they worked throughout the day Saturday to fix the pipe, drain the sewage and clean up the surrounding area.
Bruce Kennedy, Pasco assistant administrator for utilities, said Saturday afternoon that the spill forced the county to shut down pump stations upstream of the break. He said he did not yet know how the break happened or how much had spilled.
"I'm sure it's probably several thousands of gallons," he said.
He said workers were focusing on cleaning up the sewage.
"It's all in hand," Kennedy said.
The spill brought about 25 pump trucks to empty the ditches, which were "completely full," said David Cowan, a Hudson resident who passed by the spill multiple times starting Saturday morning. By early afternoon, authorities had closed off the area with signs and cones, Cowan said.
"It stinks for about a mile," he said.