Valdosta promises early spill notice, makes upgrades to sewage facilities

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Suzette Cook, Reporter

Levy County Commission Chair John Meeks brought back some answers after a visit with Valdosta, Georgia officials where sewage spills were taken to task.

On March 19, the Board unanimously adopted a resolution that insisted that Valdosta answer concerns about making progress on sewage spill prevention.

Meeks said those concerns about spillage were put into perspective and that facility upgrades have continued despite the fact that Valdosta has received no financial aid from FEMA or state agencies after a calculated 6 billion gallons of rainfall landed inside the municipality over a three-day period resulting in a sewage spill that affected downstream counties.

“The incident happened in December and sparked the outrage that we have as citizens of Florida,” Meeks said.

But what he learned in an hour-long time period with Valdosta officials and Georgia Tech engineers clarified the situation.

“They’re doing as much as they can,” Meeks said about made major investments in improvements.

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