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Crews Stop Sewage Leak at Santa Barbara Apartments

Quick action by public works personnel minimized environmental damage, according to fire officials

A vacuum truck is used to clean up a sewage leak outside an apartment building on Bath Street in Santa Barbara Thursday night. (Urban Hikers photo)

Emergency crews were called out Thursday night to stop and clean up a sewage leak outside a multi-unit apartment building in Santa Barbara.

City firefighters, hazmat personnel and public works crews responded shortly after 7 p.m. to the 2000 block of Bath Street, where they found sewage flowing out of a clean-out and down the sidewalk and street, according to Battalion Chief Lee Waldron.

"There was a stoppage of some sort that popped the clean-out cap off," Waldron said, adding that the building contained 25-30 apartments.

Public Works crews were able to quickly dispatch a vacuum truck and clean-up equipment to the scene, which minimized any environmental damage, Waldron said.

The building's owner was calling in a plumber to fix the problem, Waldron said.

Bath Street was closed for a time in the area while the clean-up was completed.

No injuries were reported and no evacuations were necessary, Waldron said.

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