Sewage spills flow into area creeks

An Augusta Utilities sanitary sewer line backed up Saturday, sending 1,725 gallons of sewage into the storm line that flows into Rae’s Creek, the department said in a news release.

Household grease accumulated in a line near the intersection of Fleming Avenue and Henry Street, causing overflow to run into the storm line.

Rae’s Creek runs in front of the 12th green and behind the 11th green at Augusta National Golf Club, where practice rounds are ongoing today for the 2011 Masters Tournament.

Russell Thies, assistant director of distribution for utilities said the minor spill was unlikely to affect the tournament.

Also Saturday, 10,590 gallons of sewage overflowed in front of 1814 Carmichael Drive due to accumulation of grease and rags in the sewer main.

The major spill, which lasted from 7:05 p.m. Saturday to 1:03 a.m. Sunday, resulted in runoff into Butler Creek, the department said in a news release.

Both lines were treated with Sanifax and will be monitored for grease accumulation.

Sunday, a sewer line backed up at 2332 Golden Camp Road, sending 1,880 gallons of sewage into the storm line that drains into Rocky Creek, Thies said. Grease causing the backup was removed with an auger.

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