Power Outage Leads to Sewage Spill in Ga. Creek

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ATLANTA (AP) - Chattahoochee Riverkeeper officials say a raw sewage spill caused by a power outage has led to a fish kill in an Atlanta creek.

Watershed protection specialist Michael Meyer tells WSB-TV E.Coli levels in Tanyard Creek skyrocketed after the power was shut off to a nearby private pumping station.

Riverkeeper officials say Georgia Power cut service to a condominium building's pumping station after a utility bill went unpaid. Sewage began flowing into the creek instead of the sewer and dozens of fish were killed as the creek's oxygen level dropped.

Georgia Power officials say the issue was worsened by recent heavy rain and the utility worked with the City of Atlanta and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to quickly restore power to the pumping station.

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