For Immediate ReleaseDate: September 12, 2017
City of Savannah crews responded to three sewage spills on September 11, 2017, all due to effects from Hurricane Irma. The spills were classified as minor spills under State Environmental Protection Division guidelines. All regulatory authorities were notified. Public notification is required per State guidelines.
33 Rivermoor CourtThe spill took place at 1:55 p.m. and was corrected at 2:57 p.m. An estimated 310 gallons of sewage spilled due to excessive flow during the heavy rain event. Spill notifications were placed at the spill site, Highway 21/St. Augustine Creek, and Houlihan Bridge.
198 Darque RoadThe spill took place at 4:40 p.m. and was corrected at 5 p.m. The estimated volume of discharge was 3,000 gallons. During the Hurricane Irma power outage, the transfer switch at LS 40 – Travis Field failed to switch the power source when transferring power to the generator, causing the spill. Spill notifications were placed at at Highway 21/Pipemakers, Dean Forest Road/Pipemakers Canal, Houlihan bridge and at spill site.
414 Lee BoulevardThe spill took place at 5:05 p.m. and was corrected at 5:54 p.m. An estimated 1,475 gallons of sewage was discharged. The spill was caused by a pipe collapse from excessive flows during the storm event. Crews repaired the collapsed pipe and placed a manhole monitor/sensor in the manhole. Spill notifications were placed at the spill site, Eisenhower/Casey Canal, and Montgomery Crossroads/Casey Canal.