UPDATE: Crews respond to sewage spill in downtown Albany

The city has placed more barricades and caution tape around the site of the sewer spill. (Source: WALB)
The city has placed more barricades and caution tape around the site of the sewer spill. (Source: WALB)
Albany Public Works was on scene trying to address what happened. (Source: WALB)
Albany Public Works was on scene trying to address what happened. (Source: WALB)
Albany City Commissioner BJ Fletcher gave us more information on the spill. (Source: WALB)
Albany City Commissioner BJ Fletcher gave us more information on the spill. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - UPDATE:  Crews have been on the scene at lift station 25 just about all day trying to assess the damage underneath.

Kyle Holder, Regional Business Manager for OMI commented, "It's hard to say right now, we really can't pinpoint one particular cause because we've got multiple things going on so at this time I really can't say what was the exact reason that that occurred."

They hope to have a solution and have one of the 4 pumps repaired before the day is over. WALB News 10's Marilyn Parker will be live at 6 with more details on their operation.

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Public works crews responded Saturday afternoon to another sewage spill flowing into the Flint River in Albany.

WALB News 10's Marilyn Parker reported seeing water coming up from the ground and flowing into the river behind the Ray Charles Plaza downtown.

Albany Public Works was on scene trying to address what happened.

Albany City Commissioner BJ Fletcher gave us more information on the spill.

"Well you know this is a combination line, it's sewage and stormwater, and we've had a tremendous amount of rains, and so we had an overflow," she said.

Fletcher said crews came out to the Flint River entrance near the Ray Charles Plaza around 4 o'clock Saturday.

"OMI which is the company that we have a contract with was immediately on the site, the minute that they can get to it, to clean it up, they've got a crew coming in tomorrow to assess the damage and do everything that they need to do," said Fletcher.

She said she believes some of the pumps nearby have something to do with this sewage line overflowing.

"It was something to do with the pump out at the civic center, and you know throughout the other pump that went down, we are waiting on it," she said.

With it being a combination line, the pumps spill out what's left behind.

"Because you've got sewage versus stormwater so when it stops the cleanup will start immediately, our crews, their crews were all on hand, we just have to wait for it to stop."

Jacobs/OMI released a statement Saturday night:

"Our immediate plan is to diagnose and address mechanical/operations issues with Lift Station No. 25. We need to understand the nature of the problem, then develop preventive measures." - Jacobs/OMI

For now, crews have placed barricades around the area, and people can still walk along the trail.

This comes less than a month after the city announced a sewage spill flowing into the river just south of the Oglethorpe Boulevard bridge.

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