BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - Raw sewage is still flowing into the Flint River in Bainbridge as crews scramble to get the waste water treatment plant back online.
Repair work and cleanup continue at the Bainbridge Waste Water Control plant. Just last week, a 30 inch sewer pipe collapsed under the pressure of flood water. After that, so much sand built up inside the plant that officials had to shut it down.
Crews say they worked long shifts to remove at least 100 tons of sand this week. Because of the sand pile up, the water pumps broke open, a wheel sprocket busted, and there's still much cleanup to be done.
"We've been working day and night since this happened and we've been pumping for days, pumping sand out with vacuum trucks, we've had crews from Thomasville, Moultire, Blakely Georgia to help us out." said Rusty Adams, Superintendent of Water Pollution Control Plant.
And although most of the sand is out, crews say the damage from the sand is the biggest problem.
Adams added, "All our waste water pumps and everything, grit is the number one killer that's messed up a lot of our equipment out here a lot of them had to be replaced and a lot of it had to be repaired."
Crews say the replacement pipes have arrived but it will be about two weeks to get them installed, as they continue to make temporary repairs. Part of the Earle May Boat Basin and the river remain closed off because of the sewage leak.