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Sewer spill at Snapfinger Creek in Lithonia contained

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Sewer spill at Snapfinger Creek in Lithonia contained

Photo provided by DeKalb County

Photo provided by DeKalb County

A reported sewer spill at Snapfinger Creek in Lithonia has been contained, the county says.

The spill occurred north of the Snapfinger Wastewater Treatment Plant. It was discovered on Aug. 23 near Eagle’s Beek Circle, the county says. The county says the spill is not affecting drinking water.

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“Crews repaired a concrete junction box which was damaged by a 16-inch-diameter tree growing out of it and causing the spill,”  the announcement from the county says. “In addition to the repair, workers installed two temporary, redundant bypass systems at the creek crossing. Full containment of the spill was achieved Aug. 26 at 4:15 p.m. Department of Watershed Management (DWM) workers are in the process of assessing the estimated size of the spill.”

County CEO Michael Thurmond has directed Department of Watershed Management staff to do emergency inspections of all creek crossings and inspect all pipes along Snapfinger Creek.

DWM also has been instructed to implement a plan of regular inspections of sewer lines, the press release says.

The county urges residents to avoid the area of the spill and keep their pets away from it, too.

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