More than 76,000 gallons of sewage spilled on Buford Highway in Brookhaven on March 30, with some of it seeping into the north fork of Peachtree Creek, according to DeKalb authorities.

The sewage spill was reported Thursday about 6:10 p.m. at 3127 Buford Highway. The spill and cleanup finished  at 9:45 p.m., according to a report from the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management.

The report states a blockage of rags between two manholes backed up the sewer main causing the sewer to overflow into the storm drain. The rags were removed to restore the flow.

“Sewer spills are an environmental and economic development concern for all of us,” said Brookehaven spokesperson Burke Brennan. “We anxiously await DeKalb County’s completion of sewer system upgrades to prevent re-occurrences in the future.”

The Environmental Protection Division of Georgia and the Health Department was called to the scene and water in the creek is being tested. Results of the lab tests will be available Monday, said Andrew Cauthen, spokesperson for DeKalb County.

“The spill has been contained and the area sanitized per normal protocol,” Cauthen said.

UPDATE April 3: DeKalb County spokesperson Andrew Cauthen said April 3 the fecal coliform numbers came back low on the Brookhaven spill, and the creek is deemed safe.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.