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Environmental Services says spill unrelated to pipe project that ended most combined sewer overflows

VIA GOOGLE MAPS - Marine Drive near Northeast 33rd Drive is shown here in Portland. An unexpected sewage spill has been reported along the Northeast Marine Drive bicycle trail near 33rd Drive.

The overflow on the evening of Feb. 6 spilled into the grassy area along the path, but city officials say the sewage did not reach the Columbia River.

As 7:25 p.m. on Feb. 6, the overflow had ceased. The cause of the spill remains under investigation. The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services says its posted warning signs at the site.

"Over one-third of Portland's more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old," according to a news release.

BES says the spill is not related to the combined sewer overflows that plagued the city for many years until a billion-dollar pipe project stopped most of them.

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