Debris Causes Sewer Spill

Officials with the city of Toccoa said Wednesday debris in a sewer line is to blame for a sanitary sewer spill Tuesday.

According to the Toccoa Water/Wastewater Department, city of Toccoa personnel were notified at about 6 p.m. Tuesday of a sewer overflow.

City officials said the overflow in question was coming from a manhole on a sewer line off of Green Valley Drive.

Officials estimated that the overflow amount from 6:30 p.m. to when the overflow stopped at about 8:45 p.m. may have been as high as 6,000 gallons. They added that a jet truck was utilized in an effort to jet the line at the manhole and stop the overflow.

At 8:45 p.m., the blockage was cleared and the flow returned to normal.

City officials said the overflow entered a creek tributary to the Toccoa Creek and Lake Hartwell. They noted that there are no known intake points within 20 miles of the spill.

The city said it has started all required testing in conjunction with this and posted all appropriate notices.