/ Modified sep 18, 2018 9:03 a.m.

Cochise County Declares State of Emergency Over Sewage Spill

Supervisors want state, federal governments to find a solution to the "international border situation."

Naco Sewage Leak 1 Raw sewage flows through the Naco Port of Entry and into Arizona after a pump was unable to handle the flow of effluent and ruptured.
Cochise County Board of Supervisors

The Cochise County Board of Supervisors Monday declared a state of emergency over a sewage leak in Naco. The spill began over a week ago from a broken pipe. It was contained at first, but a second pipe burst and around 300,000 gallons of sewage continue to flow onto private property in the U.S.

The declaration is an effort to draw attention from state and federal agencies to find a solution to the spill.

In a statement, the Cochise board said "the County does not have the authority or resources to resolve this international border situation – but no progress has been made."

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