All, just so everyone is on the same page- the sewer line is currently
spilling sewage. It just started at mu house but has been going strong
at sugar creek for awhile by the looks of it. Here are some current
pictures as of 3:30 today. It will get worse until the river crests..
From: Gabe Fisher
Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2013 14:23:12 -0500
All, I appreciate the update on where the city stands on moving the
sewer all together—I just wish we had been kept informed of
the plans over the last 4 years. Living with the *real* threat of
flooding is stressful enough, add in the guaranteed associated
sewage spill is more than I can handle.
I also appreciate the city workers spreading lime and working on the
sewer line behind my house today. But I have questions—What
about the sewage in my yard and under my house? Is this my
Tim Carroll responded with a couple of suggestions:
After days of torrential rain, the same rain that caused the rivers
to flood, the sewage pump has been overwhelmed in the Meadow Brook
Subdivison just off Gornto Road.
“You know how bad it smells in a bathroom when someone goes in and
uses a public restroom. Multiple that ten times,” said Chad
Harrison, a local resident.
The whole area behind their houses is just covered in raw sewage.
Your boots sink down into it with every step. We’re talking
everything from human waste, to toilet paper, to hygiene products
and a whole other list of things that are just too graphic to
“Probably about 12 to 14 inches of raw sewage,” said Harrison. “It’s
just everywhere. It’s all up and down the creek. It’s all behind
I know you are frustrated and pissed. My hope was with the info
below all could see the city has not just been idly sitting by. What
has been so frustrating for us is that our biggest problem is
outside of the city limits.
As discussed below, we are about 90% complete on the design for the
big force main project. Once completed it will eliminate the sewage
spills during high rain events in your neighborhood.
Just spoke with Larry Hanson and the WWTP is firing back up as we
speak. Soon you should start seeing the current spills end as the
system is brought fully back up and running.
Something I might add we could not have done so quickly had we not
taken the steps we did these past several days.
All, Gabe Fisher here—2420 Meadow Brook. I do not currently
have the time, nor mental capacity to fully think through this
issue, but I want you all to see what the sewer system is currently
doing to our backyards.
This video was taken today, in by backyard,
after the flood. It has been spilling at least at this same rate for
the last 7 days.
What the sewer system is currently doing to our backyards —Gabe Fisher
Video by Gabe Fisher, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 3 March 2013.
This contaminated water breached my crawlspace, around 24″ deep, and
must absolutely be dealt with ASAP. What is the city going to do for
me, and my neighbors who are in this same situation??
There is no other word for it—I am pissed. I have seen zero
results since the flood in 2009. Yes, maybe receiving 12″ inches of
rain is an act of God, but that does not account for all the man
made structures that force the flood waters higher at my location,
nor other obstacles it must overcome to quickly and efficiently
escape our area—such as the train trestle along Gornto. And it
absolutely does not account for the city’s poorly planned sewer
This isn’t the first sewage spill since the flood of
2009—there have been countless others in my area. I have
photos and video evidence of at least 5 that would likely be
classified as ‘major’.
This cannot and will not be ‘swept under the rug’.. I am still
currently upside down on my property due to the flood of 2009 and
this current flood has only further degraded my property’s value.
Looking at his address in the Lowndes County Tax Assessor’s maps,
and turning on Flood Map, Lakes and Rivers, and Aerial Photos,
you can see that his property and most of all his neighbors’
lots are in the flood plain: