Rains blamed for Columbus sewage spills

Columbus, GA - COLUMBUS, GA (AP) - More than 4 inches of rain was blamed for separate spills that dumped more than 235,000 gallons of untreated sewage into Lindsey Creek and Bull Creek on Monday.

Columbus Water Works officials say the first spill was at 10 a.m. at Victory Drive and South Lumpkin Road when 209,803 gallons spilled from a 24-inch sewer. Authorities had it under control eight hours later.

The second spill was reported about noon as rainwater and sewage overwhelmed an 8-inch line on East Lindsay and Flint Drive. That spilled 25,515 gallons and crews had to work about eight hours to get it under control.

Rains dropped some 4.77 inches in Columbus, the highest amount in the state.

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