A clogged line led to a sewage overflow early today near the Saluda River and I-26, upstream of the popular river recreation areas around Riverbanks Zoo.
Alpine Utilities reported that a grease backup clogged the sewer line at 1704 Bush River Road at about 10:30 a.m., allowing sewage to flow into Stoops Creek just a few hundred yards from where the creek empties into the Saluda River. The size of the overflow in gallons wasnt included in the news release, and Alpine didnt immediately return a phone message left by The State.
Stoops Creek enters the Saluda between the I-20 and I-26 bridges, a couple of miles upstream of the rapids at the zoo. Above normal bacteria levels are possible downstream of the spill, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental
This is the second such spill in two days in the Columbia area. The city of Columbia reported a grease-caused backup just north of Broad River Road near the Broad River on Monday. More than 5,000 gallons were reported spilled in that incident.