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Almost 5,000 gallons of sewage spilled in Savannah due to Tropical Storm Irma

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City of Savannah reports crews responded to three sewage spills on Monday, all due to effects from Tropical Storm Irma. (MGN graphic)

The City of Savannah reports crews responded to three sewage spills on Monday, all due to effects from Tropical Storm Irma.

The spills were classified as minor spills under State Environmental Protection Division guidelines and all regulatory authorities were notified, according to a news release. Public notification is required per state guidelines.

According to the release, the spills happened at:

  • 33 Rivermoor Court - The spill took place at 1:55 p.m. and was corrected at 2:57 p.m. An estimated 310 gallons of sewage spilled due to excessive flow during the heavy rain event.
  • 198 Darque Road -The spill took place at 4:40 p.m. and was corrected at 5 p.m. The estimated volume of discharge was 3,000 gallons. During a storm-related power outage, a generator-connected switch failed, causing the spill.
  • 414 Lee Boulevard -The spill took place at 5:05 p.m. and was corrected at 5:54 p.m. An estimated 1,475 gallons of sewage was discharged. The spill was caused by a pipe collapse from excessive flows during the storm event. Crews repaired the collapsed pipe and placed a manhole monitor/sensor in the manhole.