Gallery: Flooding Caused By Irene Dumped Sewage & Contaminants into New...

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When New York City gets a normal heavy rain, our ancient combine sewer system almost always overflows, sending raw sewage and other contaminants into our waterways. Now that Tropical Storm Irene just blew through, dumping some 13 inches of rain in many areas, we should all be a little worried about how much pollution she left in our water on her way. Since Sunday, crews from the United States Geological Survey have been testing waters all along the East Coast, including large sections of the Hudson River in NYC and upstate, where the bacteria count is always high thanks to CSO.

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