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Valdosta Manholes leaking after recent heavy rain

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Some manholes in Valdosta are still overflowing tonight due to all the rain the past couple of days.
Manholes along Sugar Creek are leaking a diluted mixture of sewer water.
The leaking is caused when rain water runs into the sewage pipes, causing the pipes to overflow. The rainwater and sewage is too much for the sewage pipes to carry at one time.

The city's utilities director is confident that upgrades they're working on will help reduce leaking in the future.
"I think once the force main project, we'll be able to get all that flow to the plant and hopefully handle it there," said Henry Hicks, Valdosta Utilities Director. "So, that'll reduce the amount of overflow. Now, when you get an extreme event like this, there's always an opportunity that's still gonna happen."
The force main project is expected to be completed in June 2015.

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