Sewer break erodes Macon levee

A sewage pipe beneath the Macon levee has collapsed, causing the levee to erode, but Macon Water Authority crews have built a temporary dam to keep the flooded Ocmulgee River off that part of the levee.

The pipe collapse was discovered this morning about 9:30 a.m. and, by 2:30 p.m., it had taken away a chunk of the levee base from a spot at Central City Park. A hole about a dozen feet across has opened up, though several dozen MWA workers have built a dam of sandbags and concrete around the hole.

So far no sewage has leaked into the river, according to MWA Executive Dirctor Tony Rojas, who is at the scene. City officials also don’t feel the levee’s integrity is in danger. The river also doesn’t appear to be high enough to exploit any breach.

Though the authority is handling initial repairs, the city is monitoring the situation and the city’s Chief Administrative Officer and head of the city engineering department were at the levee as of 2:30 p.m.

“We don’t feel it’s endangering the integrity of the levee,” city spokesman Andrew Blascovich said.

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