Officials in Vermont report multiple wastewater spills

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The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation says millions of gallons of sewage overflowed into local waterways over the weekend.

WCAX-TV reported Monday the department says there were sewage overflows at wastewater treatment facilities in at least six communities including St. Albans, Montpelier, and Rutland.

St. Albans saw close to 2 million gallons of partially treated sewage go into Stevens Brook, and about 500,000 gallons of overflow was reported in Rutland.

The department says a mix of heavy rain and warm weather contributed to the overflows.

Both city and state officials have struggled to finance water treatment upgrades, which are estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars.

Sewage overflows shut down local beaches over the summer due to bacteria concerns.

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