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Flood causes sewer spill into Flowery Branch Creek

POSTED: May 21, 2013 4:07 p.m.

Sunday’s historic flood in Flowery Branch has produced another problem for the beleaguered South Hall city — a 200,000-gallon sewer spill into Flowery Branch Creek.

City Manager Bill Andrew sent a statement this afternoon about the spill.

"Due to extraordinary flooding ... the Flowery Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant was forced to shut off the pumps accepting untreated water from the sanitary sewer lines into the treatment plant," he said.

"This decision was made due to the sanitary sewer lines near the plant being inundated with flood waters, causing the system to be overwhelmed with flood waters carrying mud and silt."

Andrew said the sewer plant, which is off Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway and wasn’t affected directly by the flooding, continued to treat water.

However, "new water was not allowed to enter the system" between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday.

That caused the sewer spill into Flowery Branch Creek, which runs through the downtown area and eventually to Lake Lanier.

"The area of contamination has been marked with signage," Andrew said.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division requires the city to notify the public of the incident, he said.

EPD spokesman Kevin Chambers couldn’t be reached for immediate comment.


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