Large amount of sewage spills into Crane Creek

March 26, 2013 

— Some 72,000 gallons of sewage spilled for several hours Sunday into Crane Creek in what a Columbia official said was one of the larger wastewater leaks he has seen this year.

Heavy rains apparently allowed runoff to seep into a sewer line and overwhelm the wastewater collection system, causing sewage to spill from a manhole and into the creek, Columbia utilities director Joey Jaco said Tuesday. City inspectors discovered the leak Sunday at about 11:40 a.m. The area has had a history of sewer spills and signs are posted warning the public, Jaco said. The leak occurred at 5801 Brickyard Road in northeast Columbia.

“This is definitely the biggest spill we have had recently,’’ Jaco said.

Sewer spills aren’t uncommon in Columbia, which is struggling to upgrade an aging wastewater system. Jaco said the area where the spill occurred is being upgraded. Crane Creek is a tributary of the Broad River.

Sammy Fretwell

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