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Sewer line overrun by heavy rainfall
Incident did not interrupt service
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Forsyth County News

A sewer line feeding Forsyth County’s Fowler Water Reclamation Facility was flooded due to heavy rains in the early morning Thursday, causing a spillover.

The 48-inch gravity sewer line is in the area of Big Creek, which was also flooded.

About 6 a.m., a manhole just outside of the facility began to overflow, resulting in a mixture of rainwater and sewage spilling into the flooded area, according to county spokeswoman Jodi Gardner.

The overflow did not cause any interruption to service as it occurred just outside the plant.

Crews had repaired the damaged sewer manhole by about 5 p.m. Thursday and required signs were posted in the area, Gardner wrote in an e-mail.

Preliminary assessments indicate that flood waters may have caused a heavy object such as a tree to hit a sewer manhole, damaging it and allowing flood water to enter the sewer collection system.

As required, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Health Department and downstream water purveyors have been notified, Gardner stated.

All other necessary and required steps will be taken once the extent of the spill is known.