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Rain Causes nearly 24,000 Gallons of Sewage to Enter Etowah River

Feb 03, 2013 -- 2:12am


By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Floyd County dodged a bullet from Wednesday’s storm system that later produced an EF-3 Tornado in Adairsville, but the significant downfall of rain has caused some problems inside the county lines. 
The Rome/Floyd County Sewer Division reports two spills occurred the morning after the major storm, one of which dumped sewage into the Etowah River. 
On Thursday morning around 9:30, the rainfall caused the Etowah River on the backside of the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds to overtop nearby manholes, causing approximately 23,400 gallons of sewage to spill over into the river. An hour and a half later, the Oostanaula River climbed over several manholes around the Green Acres Subdivision, leading to a 16,000 gallon spillage into an unnamed tributary leading to the river. 
Both spills were fixed Friday, and the Rome Reclamation Facilities Lab will monitor the Etowah and the nameless stream for a year. 

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