Storm damage causes 8,200-gallon sewage spill in Gwinnett


Storm damage causes 8,200-gallon sewage spill in Gwinnett

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More than 8,200 gallons spilled from a sewer line in Grayson on Tuesday afternoon, the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources said.

The spill started around 1:30 p.m., and the department was notified at 1:36 p.m. The overflow was stopped by 3:50 p.m.

By then, 8,208 gallons had spilled, and some entered an unnamed tributary of Big Haynes Creek. The cause was determined to be previous storm damage, the department said.

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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