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August 9, 2014

Heavy rains lead to sewer overflow into stream off Garners Ferry Road

The city of Columbia reported a sewer system overflow at 7743 Garners Ferry Road near the intersection with Hazelwood Road.

The city of Columbia reported a sewer system overflow at 7743 Garners Ferry Road near the intersection with Hazelwood Road.

The overflow sent sewage for a brief period into Reader Point Branch, a creek that runs into and out of Burnside Pond.

City of Columbia wastewater engineer Bill Davis said even if the overflow is brief, the public is informed if it reaches a creek that might be used for recreation as it did in this instance. By 6:30pm, it had likely dissipated, he said.

Heavy rainfall and old sewer lines in the area are to blame, he said.

Some time in September, overflow threats should be sharply reduced when the city opens the new 30 inch sewer line it’s been constructing from Garners Ferry Road out to the Burnside Farm area, Davis said.

Anticipating a lot of development out Garners Ferry Road, “the 30-inch sewer line should meet those development needs for the next 40 to 60 years,” he said.

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