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Valdosta reports sewer release on Gornto Road

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

A four-inch deluge of rain caused a sewer problem in Valdosta Tuesday afternoon. Officials say utilities department staff identified a sanitary sewer spill at the 1400 block of Gornto Road that was caused by heavy rain in a 24-hour period. 

Officials said an estimated 27,000 gallons of combined stormwater and sewer to enter Sugar Creek.

Warning signs have been posted at the spill location, as well as downstream, to advise the public to avoid any contact with Sugar Creek in this area for the next seven days.

City staff recovered wastewater, disinfected the area, and will continue to monitor and test the waters affected by this spill. The Environmental Protection Division and other public health agencies have also been notified. 

In addition to the new Wastewater Treatment Plant and Force Main Projects, which are scheduled to be completed by early 2016, the city has continued its intense strategy that is repairing the existing infrastructure to eliminate sewer issues from occurring in the future.

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