Rain Causes Two Sanitary Sewer Spills in Stephens Co.

City of Toccoa officials said Thursday that excessive inflow from heavy rains caused two sanitary sewer spills Wednesday afternoon at two different liftstations in Stephens County.

According to announcements from the city of Toccoa, the spills both started between 12:30 and 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The first overflow came from at a manhole just outside the fence at the Walton Creek Liftstation on Lovers Lane and the second overflow came from a manhole just outside the fenced area of the Ward Creek Liftstation on Fernside Drive.

City officials said in both cases that heavy rains in a short period of time combined with ground that is already saturated created a situation where pumps could not keep up with the incoming flow to the liftstation, even though they were all running at maximum speed.

The Walton Creek overflow stopped at about 1 p.m. and totaled less than 500 gallons.

Meanwhile, the Ward Creek overflow stopped at about 3:45 p.m. and totaled about 5,000 gallons.

The overflows entered both Ward and Walton Creeks, which are both tributaries to the TugalooRiver and Lake Hartwell.

According to city officials, there are no known water intake points within 20 miles of either spill.

Officials said the city has posted all appropriate notices and will start all necessary testing as soon as possible.

Also, officials said the city continues work to find and eliminate sources of rain flowing into its sanitary sewer system.