More than 6,000 gallons of sewage spilled from a manhole in Lawrenceville on Tuesday.
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More than 6,000 gallons of sewage spill from Gwinnett manhole

More than 6,000 gallons of sewage spilled from a manhole in Lawrenceville on Tuesday morning, the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources said.

The department was notified of the spill on Old Norcross Road at 10:49 a.m. Crews were able to stop it just before the hour mark at 11:48 a.m.

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The spill was approximately 6,332 gallons of sewage, the department said. Some of that sewage entered the Yellow River. The spill was caused primarily by grease. 

The department raked the area and spread lime in order to mitigate the effects of the spill. Signs were posted to alert residents to the spill and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division was notified. Exposure to raw sewage generally poses the risk of diseases and infections including gastro-enteritis and E. coli.

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