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Manhole overflow spills 2,000 gallons of gray water into west Forsyth creek
Officials: Caused by blockage of bricks, paper, grease
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Residents on Lowell Court just off Kelly Mill Road contacted the Forsyth County Water and Sewer Department on March 19 after finding the manholes overflowing in their back yard.

WEST FORSYTH — More than 4,000 gallons of waste water spill overflowed from two west Forsyth manholes Sunday, with 2,000 gallons entering nearby Cheatham Creek.

Residents on Lowell Court just off Kelly Mill Road contacted the Forsyth County Water and Sewer Department on March 19 after finding the manholes overflowing in their back yard.

The spill was caused by the sewer line becoming blocked with bricks, paper and heavy build-up of grease. Officials with department said it was not clear how the bricks made it into the line.

The spill was reported at 12:30 p.m. and cleared by 4:30 p.m. by “jetting the line,” or using high-powered water to clear the line.

Only gray water – cleaner water wastewater from washing machines, sinks and kitchen appliances – spilled.

Signs have been placed near the spill, and the area has been limed. Water monitoring was set up on Monday morning.

Saturday’s spill was the second in west Forsyth this year.

In January, 250 gallons overflowed from a manhole on the area of Fox Creek Drive, with about 40 gallons spilling into a small tributary nearby.

The overflow was the result of a blockage of grease and construction material, including 2-by-4s and asphalt.