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Sewage spill in Escambia County


ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- The smell of raw sewage filled the area of Chisolm Road. Even worse for residents living nearby, some of the sewage spilled over into their yards and driveways.

"They've got the gushing under control but the contamination is still in my yard, in their yard and all up and down the road and I don't know whose yard down there," said Roberta Flemming, a concerned resident.

ECUA says crews were doing maintenance work on a 4 inch air release valve. That's when the valve malfunctioned. Crews were able to close the valve and redirect the flow of sewage. But not before some of the sewage made its way into the Chisolm Trail Subdivision nearby.

About 8,400 gallons of raw sewage were vacuumed from the ground. ECUA says the affected areas have been cleaned and disinfected. Residents however, are still concerned.

"It's a health hazard to all of us, my husband is not well and he has breathing troubles and this is not good for him, it's not good for anybody," said Flemming.

Much of the sewage has been cleaned and taken back to the treatment plant.

Raw sewage spilled over into the yards and driveways of several homes in Ferry Pass today. ECUA says one of its pipes broke and that caused 21,000 gallons of sewage to overflow. 8,400 gallons were recovered.