Giant raw sewage spill in Brookhaven pollutes DeKalb creeks

Authorities say it's the worst spill in DeKalb County in more than a decade.

Government workers are cleaning up DeKalb County's biggest sewage mess in more than a decade: a nearly 4 million gallon spill that polluted Nancy Creek in Brookhaven.

Raw sewage spewed from a broken 10-inch pipe for nine straight days before it was stopped. The spill, located in the woods, was caused by soil erosion of a creek bank supporting the pipe.

County officials reported the sewage spill to state and federal environmental agencies, which have already fined DeKalb $924,000 for spills since 2011. It was the largest spill in DeKalb since 2006.

Residents are being warned to avoid the creek area. Sewage spills spread e. coli bacteria, which can cause fever, diarrhea and vomiting.

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A sewer line broke near a tributary to Nancy Creek in Brookhaven, spilling millions of gallons of sewage. It’s the largest spill in DeKalb County in more than a decade. Photo credit: DeKalb County

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