Untreated sewage flowed into the Sandy Branch creek in Elgin after a power outage at the Briarcliffe sewer pumping station, Palmetto Utilities Inc. reported Tuesday.
The sewage overflow lasted more than an hour and a half leading to about 20,000 gallons of untreated sewage making it to the Sandy Branch creek. Power was restored within an hour and the spill had been cleaned up by late afternoon Tuesday, the utility said.
The power outage was caused by a fallen tree that cut the power lines to the Briarcliffe lift station. A caller to Palmetto Utilities reported hearing a loud noise at the lift station.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control was informed, as required by law. Until water samples from Sandy Branch creek have been tested and declared normal, residents are urged to avoid contact with water in the stream.
MAP of affected area