The city of Hineville just announced a sewage spill in Peacock Creek caused by the failure of the city's master pump station Oct. 8 as Hurricane Matthew roared into coastal Georgia.
Here's the release:
At 2 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 the Hinesville Master Pump Station experienced a spill into Peacock Creek as a result of Hurricane Matthew.
The spill consisted of approximately 3.77 million gallons of diluted, untreated wastewater and 77 percent of that was rainwater.
The Hinesville Master Pump Station went into failure after primary power and backup generator power was lost.
“Operations staff quickly discovered the spill and resolved the problem upon delivery of a new backup generator from Atlanta,” said Lenard Scroggins, Director of Public Works for the City of Hinesville. “Once generator power was restored to the pump station, the spill was stopped at 9:20 p.m. that same Saturday.”
Contingency-response procedures were followed and the appropriate regulatory agencies were notified. We do not anticipate any adverse public-health impacts as a result of this incident.