The city of Toccoa has started the required testing after a sanitary sewer spill overnight Wednesday into Thursday.
Toccoa’s Water/Wastewater Department said the overflow apparently started at about 9 p.m. Wednesday at a manhole in a remote location between Poplar Street and Valley Drive.
City personnel reported getting a phone call at about that time of a strong sewer smell on the 700 block of Poplar Street but could find nothing at that time.
However, the city said when crews returned Thursday morning they found the smell in question to be from the overflow.
The Water/Wastewater Department said a blockage in the line at the manhole location caused the spill.
Officials with the city said that personnel used a vacuum truck to jet the line at the manhole in an effort to stop the overflow and were able to clear the blockage and return the flow to normal, stopping the spill, at about 10 a.m. Thursday.
Before it was stopped, the city said the overflow may have totaled about 7,000 gallons.
The city reported that overflow went into Eastanollee Creek between Poplar Street and Valley Drive.
According to city officials, there are no known water intake points within 20 miles of the spill.