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Crews respond to minor sewage spills in Savannah

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

City of Savannah crews responded to two minor sewage spills on Wednesday. The first spill happened at Stiles Ave. and Murphy St. after a sewer manhole overflowed.

It was all due to a sewer collection system surcharge that occurred after lightning struck a sewer lift station and blew-out and shut down the controls and the station failsafe system.

Officials estimate that 175 gallons of sewage overflowed into the storm drainage system. Crews were notified at 8:15 a.m. and the spill was corrected by 8:50 a.m.

The second spill took place 256 feet east of the intersection of Darque Rd. and Mikell Ave.

According to officials, the main cause of the spill was due to vandalism and theft of a sanitary sewer manhole, which caused the sanitary sewer collection system to fill with rain.

It is estimated that 3,125 gallons of sewage was released into the storm drainage system. Crews were notified at 7:15 a.m. and the spill was corrected by 9:20 a.m.

The manhole and the ring will be replaced on the manhole. City jet-vac trucks pumped down the system to allow normal flow. 

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