Vandals use rocks to break pipe, cause 'major' sewage spill

Vandals who apparently used rocks to smash an exposed wastewater pipe caused more than 18,000 gallons of sewage to flow into a tributary of Butler Creek, according to the Augusta Utilities Department.

The New Year’s Day spill occurred about 8:30 a.m. along a creek behind a residence on White Sand Drive. Crews dispatched to the area found that an exposed pipe at a creek crossing had been broken. The breach was repaired by 2:30 p.m.

“It appeared they had hit it with large rocks until the pipe was broken,” said Allen Saxon, the department’s assistant director.

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