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Crews work to fix major sewage leak


Hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage are spilling into the Withlacoochee River in Valdosta after yet another problem with the city's sewage system.

Late Wednesday night, crews were still trying to fix a 54-inch sewer main that burst Wednesday morning, sending sewage into the river near Highway 133.

Already twice this year, flooding took the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant offline and sent tens of millions of gallons of sewage into waterways and neighborhoods.

City leaders hope voters will pass a new sales tax and the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority will approve a loan to pay for a new treatment facility.

The city estimates about 675-thousand gallons of sewage discharged Wednesday. They say people should avoid the Withlacoochee River south of the Highway 133 bridge.

Crews will work around the clock until it's fixed.

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