Officials have not said exactly how much sewage spilled from the manhole.
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Roots cause 4,900-gallon sewage spill in Gwinnett

An estimated 4,900 gallons of sewage spilled from a manhole in Snellville on Monday morning, the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources said. 

The spill on Stony River Way was reported at 11:48 p.m. and took more than an hour to stop. The spill was stopped at 1:08 p.m., after “approximately” 4,900 gallons had spilled.

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Some of the sewage entered an unnamed tributary of Jacks Creek. The cause was determined to be root intrusion, meaning roots got into the underground sewer system. 

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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