More spills in Valdosta

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Pray it doesn't rain in Valdosta, Ga.

The city has received more than 5 inches of rain since the beginning of the month, and that's just too much for a wastewater treatment plant there to handle.

"As a result of localized flooding on many roads, inflow and infiltration of storm water overwhelmed the sanitary sewer collection system ...." according to a City of Valdosta report.

City of Valdosta spokeswoman Sementha Mathews was unavailable for comment as of press time, but, according to the report, as of Saturday the plant had spilled about 800,000 gallons of treated and untreated water from 13 different areas into the Withlacoochee River and nearby tributaries that, ultimately, feed into the Suwannee River and into the Gulf of Mexico.

Four of the spills, totaling 295,750 gallons, had been stopped by Friday and over the weekend, but 11 others, last reported to have leaked 504,000 gallons, had not been fixed, according to the report on Monday.

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