At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, City of Valdosta Utility Department staff responded to a call concerning a sewer overflow at 4036 Bemiss Road. The overflow was caused by grease blockage in the sewer pipes. Crews cleared the lines and removed the grease blockage that caused the overflow by 11:59 p.m., and the area was washed and bleached for disinfection. Upstream and downstream sampling is being conducted at Gung Pond spillway and Skipper Bridge Road.
Area commercial kitchens are being contacted for documentation of grease trap pumping in order for the city to determine the possible cause and source of the grease blockage.
Approximately 27,000 gallons of untreated wastewater were discharged into Waters of the State at a tributary to Cherry Creek. The public should avoid contact with the water of Cherry Creek between Bemiss Road and Lake Cleve for the next several days.
Any questions concerning this spill may be directed to John Waite, Environmental Manager, at (229) 292-0842 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valdosta, GA - Valdosta city workers are working to clean up a sewage spill in the 4600 block of Bemiss Road.
Crews have been working non-stop on the sewage spill since Tuesday evening.
City officials have yet to release the magnitude of the spill or what led to the spill.
WCTV will continue to monitor the situation, and bring updates as they become available.