More than 1,000 gallons of sewage spills into Lake Wildwood |

More than 1,000 gallons of sewage spills into Lake Wildwood

State and county environmental officials remained on the scene of a raw sewage spill at Lake Wildwood Thursday.

More than 1,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the waters of Lake Wildwood Wednesday after a “lift station” water line ruptured.

State and county environmental officials remained on scene Thursday, mopping up and removing the contaminated soil from one of the gated community’s many parks.

Amy Irani, director of Nevada County’s environmental health department, said the total volume of the spill — which has been stopped — was close to 1,300 gallons.

“Sanitation officials have secured the spill area,” Irani said. “Wildwood officials have alerted the nearly 5,000 residents of the spill, and closed a wide area around the park.”

An industrial vacuum truck will be used to remove loose leaves and vegetation—along with the contaminated soils.

“They have identified five separate areas where samples will be taken and tested,” Irani said. “Both environmental and sanitation staff will be monitoring the site to ensure the safety of residents living in or near the spill area.”

Hideaway Park will remain closed until further notice, according to Lake Wildwood officials.

The 3,000-home Lake Wildwood is a gated private golf-lake community just north of Penn Valley, eight miles west of Grass Valley.

Mike Dobbins is editor of The Wildwood Independent, a sister publication of The Union.

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