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1,800-gallon sewage spill reported off Jesse Jewell Parkway

About 1,800 gallons of sewage spilled near Foothills Parkway Wednesday afternoon.

The city of Gainesville was notified shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday about a sewer discharge below the area of the Trees of Gainesville apartment complex off of Jesse Jewell Parkway. Crews found evidence of discharge near an open manhole.

A private party had discovered and removed the blockage, allowing the flow to return to normal, according to a news release.The blockage had been caused by a buildup of grease, which had led to an overflow earlier Wednesday. Some residue had entered Limestone Creek.

Crews removed remnants of the discharge and applied lime to the area. Limestone Creek was checked and no dead or stressed aquatic life was found.

Brian Wiley, the city’s environmental services manager, said macroinvertebrates are sensitive to change in water.

“Water quality wise, for those bugs that we saw, showed us that water quality was very indicative of a stream that was in good water quality,” he said.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division was notified Wednesday evening.

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