100,000 gallons of sewage spilled in Myrtle Beach streets. Could it happen again?
A 40-year-old sewer pipe broke along Canal Street on May 28, spilling 105,000 gallons of sewage. At least one-third of the sewer pipes in the City of Myrtle Beach are between 30 and 40 years old, according to the city.
"I don't know that there's a guarantee that it wouldn't occur again," city spokesman Mark Kruea said. "This was a localized failure of a small section of pipe due to multiple issues. It's very rare. We may have one instance like this per year, if that."
According to city officials, the pipe that broke had been worn down from age and corrosive gases. That day, more sewage was flowing through the pipe, causing it to break.