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188,000 gallons of sewage spill from manhole into Big Creek
FCN Sewer Spill 111318

A sewage spill of approximately 188,000 gallons of stormwater and wastewater spilled into Big Creek on Monday and Tuesday, according to Forsyth County officials.

The spill occurred at a manhole near 4050 Carolene Way on Monday, Nov. 12, according to a press release. The Forsyth County Water and Sewer Department was notified at 9:30 p.m. and the overflow was stopped at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13. 

The cause was determined to be an excessive amount of stormwater entering the sanitary sewer system.

Forsyth County experienced heavy rain on Monday and into Tuesday, with more expected. A flash flood watch is in effect for the county from 4 a.m., on Wednesday until 7 a.m., on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast calls for a 100 percent chance of rain with as much as two inches possible.

County personnel removed all remaining debris and spread lime on the affected area to mitigate the effects of the spill, according to the press release.

Signs letting residents know of the spill have been placed in the area. County officials said the Georgia Environmental Protection Division was notified of the spill Tuesday.

Owners of publicly owned treatment works are required to report sewage spills to the local media by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.