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Sawnee Drive reopens after gas spill
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Sawnee Drive at Hwy. 9 in Cumming was closed for a couple hours Monday afternoon following a spill at a gas station. - photo by Jim Dean

 

Sawnee Drive was closed to traffic for a couple hours Monday afternoon following a spill at a gas station.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said about 30 gallons of gasoline spilled from one of the fuel pumps at the Citgo on Hwy. 9 and Sawnee Drive.

Some of the liquid evaporated quickly, but the rest flowed into a state stormwater runoff line, Shivers said.

Shivers said firefighters alerted the state Department of Transportation, as well as the Environmental Protection Division, to the spill.

A DOT official and a private hazardous materials mitigation crew handled the cleanup.

Shivers said officials don't think the gas made it into any state waters.

The spill occurred about 12:30 p.m. when a store employee forgot to shut off a fuel pump before attempting to change the filter, Shivers said.

As a result of the incident, motorists could not access Sawnee Drive from Hwy. 9 by the Forsyth County Public Library's main branch.

EPD spokesman Kevin Chambers said the matter is under investigation. The agency is awaiting a report on the cleanup.