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Withlacoochee flood causes manhole to leak

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

The City of Valdosta says that a manhole in the 1200 block of Lake Drive is overflowing an estimated major spill volume of 36,000 gallons of sewage into the Two Mile Branch.  This overflow was still occurring Wednesday.

The river flooding is also the cause of the continued manhole overflow in the 600 block of Scott Drive, which is overflowing into Sugar Creek.  Last week, the Valdosta area and areas to the north of Valdosta received very heavy rains, which caused the Withlacoochee River and Little River to rise above flood stage.

 While the Withlacoochee River is located nearly one-half mile below the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant, it has now exceeded flood stage to the point that it has covered the plant's 54-inch influent line from the city.  This has caused major inflow and infiltration of river water into this major sewer line and has caused wastewater from the city to backup into the sanitary sewer collection system. 

Despite this regional flood event, the plant has remained in compliance of all major permit parameters with no spills or overflows.   Public notice signs are still in place from previous overflows, and all notifications have been made by the city that are required by the NPDES permit.  Upstream and downstream sampling has also continued.   

Citizens should report any incidents of wastewater overflows and stormwater flooding to the Utilities Department at (229) 259-3592 during normal business hours or at (229) 333-1832 after business hours.  For more information, contact the Public Information Office at (229) 259-3548.