20,000 gallons of raw sewage spill in Lake Norman Cove in Denver

- In and around the Lakewood subdivision in Denver, people are a little uneasy after hearing sewage spilled into their backyards.

"I was like gross. What else can you say...and then I thought about the dangers associated of an organism getting into the water," Janet Schmerber said.

FOX 46 Charlotte learned the spill that happened Wednesday night was caused by a pump shut down. In less than an hour, Lincoln County Public Works crews stopped the leak and turned the pump back on. Then the Lincoln County Health Department and Public Works began calling people in the area to let them know to avoid the cove behind their homes.

"To know that there's 20,000 gallons of sewage back there is absolutely disgusting," Stephanie Mullen said.

Janet Schmerber told FOX 46 Charlotte she's seen the city workers around her neighborhood testing for E-Coli and making sure that they know it’s not safe to swim in the cove.

So far, the area around the pump has been treated with Lyme to neutralize the sewage spill. Results from test samples taken in the impacted area are expected back late Friday. But even if the county gives the all clear, people say they won't be going back in the nearby water anytime soon.

"If people want to swim on the other side of the lake that's fine. There is probably nothing wrong with it, it's clean over there but I just personally won’t be going into the lake for two weeks until some of that clears up" Madeline Dula said.

"We're going to wait a little more than 24 hours. I'd probably wait a week. Just to be on the safe side," Schmerber said.

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