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Jim Irvin, Howard Co Dir. of Public Works, on Oct. 30 at the Little... News PhotoHorizontal,Human Interest,Maryland - State,Public Utility,USAPhotographer Collection: The Washington Post 2012 The Washington PostSAVAGE, MD - OCTOBER 30: Jim Irvin, Howard Co Dir. of Public Works, on Oct. 30 at the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant in Savage, MD. The plant went down during Hurricane Sandy after it lost power, forcing millions of gallons of untreated sewage into the Little Patuxent River. Behind Irvin is the area where it overflowed into the river. (Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images)