A DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management traffic cone.

More than 14,000 gallons of sewage spill into DeKalb creek

About 14,250 gallons of sewage spilled into a DeKalb County creek Sunday as heavy rains battered the region.

According to a report from the county’s Department of Watershed Management, the sewage spilled into Shoal Creek and a nearby tributary Sunday afternoon in the Candler-McAfee area. It was designated as a “major” spill.

An 8-inch pipe that crosses the creek was damaged, the report stated. A temporary fix was made after the rain subsided.


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The Atlanta area experienced waves of thunderstorms Sunday and received more than an inch of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Over the last several months, heavy rains have overwhelmed DeKalb County’s aging sewer system.

READ MORE: Heavy rain overwhelmed DeKalb sewer system, exposed decades of neglect

During a four-day period of heavy rain at the end of December, DeKalb County reported 25 sewer spills totaling more than 1.1 million gallons, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

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