NEWBURYPORT — An emergency repair to a broken, leaking pipe at the American Yacht Club was underway yesterday after reports came in to the Department of Public Services of raw sewage puddles spotted on the road leading to the club.

Commodore Eric Vasquez said the club was alerted to the problem yesterday and took immediate actions to fix it. A contractor was on the scene yesterday and began the repair.

He expected the work to be finished this morning.

"We have the situation under control," Vasquez said. "They are on it. We have taken emergency repairs to make sure that no one is harmed."

After Labor Day, staff at the club is limited and the club is not used as frequently, Vasquez said.

It's unclear how long the problem existed.

"There's no way to determine how long it's been going," he said. "We just found out about it this morning."

Public Services Director Brendan O'Regan said yesterday the cause of the broken pipe or why it's leaking won't be known until the repair is completed.

The treatment plant next to the Yacht Club was fine, he said.

"No pipes at the wastewater treatment plant are leaking," O'Regan said.

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