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Sewage flows from Alpine manholes

Feb 1, 2011 1:06:00 PM - thestate.com
Overflowing manholes sent about 5,000 gallons of sewage into a person’s yard, a stormwater basin and a Saluda River tributary from two separate spills Sunday and Monday, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Alpine Utilities Inc., which has had a recent history of sewer spills, owns the manholes that overflowed.

DHEC spokesman Adam Myrick said the spills have been cleaned up and Alpine’s contractor is sampling Stoops Creek for signs of pollution. Stoops Creek feeds the Saluda River in the St. Andrews-Irmo area. Lime was used to help with the cleanup.

“Up to this point, as far as we’ve been able to determine, Alpine has acted exactly as it should have, and has done everything that is required of it,’’ Myrick said.

Myrick said much of the sewage went into a yard, with little apparently reaching Stoops Creek.

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