EVERETT, Wash. -- A steady stream of sewage flowed for hours into Everett's North Creek Thursday, while city crews work furiously to stop it.
A 20-inch iron sewer pipe broke around 6:00 a.m. this morning, spewing sewage across yards of homes near 11800 Silver Way in Everett.
The break caused gallons of sewage to reach North Creek, which also flows into Lake Washington. People are advised to stay out of North Creek until further notice.
By evening, workers appeared to have stopped the flow, digging into the ground to reach the pipe and using heavy machinery to divert the flow.
A neighbor said this wasn't the first time a sewage pipe broke in her neighborhood.
"This is the third time in a year, it's happened, right here," said Bernadette McIver, adding that the previous leaks were mainly contained to the front yards.
The Department of Ecology, Fish & Wildlife, the Snohomish Health Department, Snohomish County and nearby sewer districts are aware of the situation and working to resolve it.