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Sewage release stopped in Southwest Portland

City maintenance crews stopped a sewage release in Marquam Gulch near Marquam Nature Park in Southwest Portland on Saturday night.

The Bureau of Environmental Service will now design a project to permanently repair the sewer pipe that broke in a ravine near 1400 Southwest Broadway Drive.

To stop the release over the Labor Day weekend, the crew dug a trench to the next manhole downstream, cut a hole in the sewer pipe at that manhole, and installed a temporary PVC plastic pipe to carry the sewage leaking from a broken pipe into the downstream manhole.

Permanent repairs are usually made by digging down to the broken pipe and install a new segment to replace the broken segment.