Massive sewage spill in Rocky Creek

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - More than two million gallons of raw sewage has spilled into Rocky Creek, which is a tributary of the Chattahoochee River.

Officials said the Rocky Creek Lift Station, which transfers raw sewage to the treatment facility, had a power and communication outage because of a lightning strike on Tuesday night.

Tuesday night's power outage caused about 2.1 million gallons, the equivalent of four Olympic-sized pools, of untreated sewage to spill into Rocky Creek.

The next morning Columbus Water Works discovered the problem. They immediately stopped the spill and began clean up.

Because of such a low water flow, officials don't believe any of the sewage made it into the Chattahoochee River. So far, there are no health concerns at this time.

Officials said they were able to clean up the sewage and have been testing the waters ever since. No detrimental effects have been found.

Columbus Water Works said they will continue testing the waters for seven days.

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