Crews are working to repair a forcemain break that caused a sewage spill in the Flowery Branch area over the weekend.
The spill occurred in the Reunion subdivision Saturday afternoon and spilled into a remote area of Sherwood Creek.
“The spill was caused by the recent flooding, which undercut the creek bank and caused the forcemain to separate,” said Hall County Public Works Director Ken Rearden.
He said officials estimate that roughly 200,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the tributary.
“Once the spill was discovered, the sewage pump station at the site of the spill was shut off and the spill was stopped within minutes,” said Rearden.
Officials are now reviewing water samples that are being taken from Sherwood Creek and are picking up debris from the spill.
A contractor is currently working to permanently repair the forcemain. That work is expected to be complete in a couple of weeks; however, no disruption of service is anticipated in the meantime.