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Raleigh blames flushed wipes for sewage spill

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RALEIGH (AP) -- The city of Raleigh says a buildup of flushed wipes caused a spill over the weekend that put nearly 23,000 gallons of sewage into Walnut Creek.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the spill was reported around 2 p.m. Sunday. City crews had the blockage cleared less than two hours later.

Cleanup work was expected to be finished Monday afternoon.

City officials say wipes that are designed to be flushed don't always move through quickly enough to prevent buildups in the system.

An industry group for the wipes industry says problems start when consumers put baby wipes and other non-flushable wipes down the toilet.

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