Sewage spills behind DeKalb wildlife sanctuary

More 38,200 gallons of raw sewage spilled behind the Elwyn John Wildlife Sanctuary in DeKalb County.

County records show a grease blockage in the 1500 block of Biltmore Drive in Atlanta caused the sewage to spill into Peachtree Creek. The line burst behind the North Druid Hills Road wildlife refuge and leaked for more than six hours on Thursday, but county officials say no fish or birds were killed.

County spokesman Burke Brennan said the spill was the result of aging pipes and grease, not the weather.

This is the latest spill in DeKalb, which is under a federal Environmental Protection Agency mandate to improve its sewer system. DeKalb recently authorized $1.3 billion in water and sewer upgrades after reporting more than 800 sewage spills in five years.