Storm causes sewage spill into DeKalb creek

Officials have not said exactly how much sewage spilled from the manhole.

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Credit: terex/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Officials have not said exactly how much sewage spilled from the manhole.

Heavy rain on Sunday afternoon caused sewage to overflow out of a DeKalb County manhole, officials said.

The spill entered Shoal Creek off Melanie Court, according to a report from the DeKalb Watershed Management Department.

Almost 3,400 gallons of sewage was discharged, the department said.

It was initially described as a “major” spill, but a revised report Tuesday said the spill was minor and did not impact water quality.

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After the rain stopped Sunday, the water receded and normal flow was restored about 3:30 p.m.

It wasn't the only spill in metro Atlanta over the weekend; nearly 3,400 gallons of sewage spilled onto a Peachtree Corners street Saturday evening in Gwinett County, officials said.

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

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Over 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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