The site of a sewage spill on Eagle s Beek Circle near Stonecrest on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. TYLER ESTEP / TYLER.ESTEP@AJC.COM
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Major 6.4 million gallon sewage spill in DeKalb poses health risk

The latest raw sewage spill in DeKalb County is also its largest in 11 years, even bigger than another spill earlier this month.

DeKalb officials reported Tuesday that 6.4 million gallons of sewage burst from a broken pipe last week outside Stonecrest, south of Flat Shoals Parkway.

That’s enough sewage to fill nearly 10 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The latest spill, which lasted four days before it was stopped Sunday, exceeds the nearly 4 million gallons that spewed into Nancy Creek in Brookhaven a couple of weeks ago.

Both spills create a public health risk and show the consequences of DeKalb’s collapsing sewer infrastructure.

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The break happened near the intersection of Flat Shoals Parkway and Snapfinger Road in Lithonia.

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