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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

July 28, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Pumps are working around the clock to clear sewage from Sumter County's Law Enforcement Center and Correctional Institution.

The problems started last week when sewage began backing up into the two buildings. Monday, crews worked to isolate the problem by putting a camera down a section of sewage pipe to find the blockage. Portable toilets have been placed in front of the LEC for employees to use, and they're handing out bottles of water and hand sanitizer. The water supply is being turned on and off as needed to keep the facility operating.

"Business has to go on as usual and we're doing everything we can to make sure it's done in a proper manner. We brought in portable toilets for the employees, we've also limited the water supply because we've having to pump all this water and sewage back off," said Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith.

Operations like laundry services are being out-sourced so they won't complicate the problem. Smith says he hopes to have the problem fixed in the next several days.

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