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Sewage leak will have no long term effect on Bogue Chitto River

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BROOKHAVEN, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A levee breach at the City of Brookhaven's waste water treatment plant on Friday spilled six million gallons of sewage.

Now, a water advisory extends from Highway 84 in Brookhaven to the state line. 

To put that into perspective, 6 million gallons can fill a pool the length of a football field 18 feet high.

Luckily, the City of Brookhaven was able to contain the majority of the leak, but 1.3 million gallons still escaped into the river.

"They through up some levies," said Doug Upton, the Chief of the Field Services Division of Mississippi's Department of Environmental Quality. "They had balloon-type devices that they put into culverts which caused the sewage to back up. They were able to take that and pump it back into the lagoon."

The sewage released into the river was already diluted with waste water, and will continue to dilute as it heads further South. Eventually, MDEQ says Mother Nature will take care of the issue, but how long that will take, they're not sure.

"It's really hard to say, it depends on how much water is in the Bogue Chitto right now," said Upton. "Just guess-timating, a week or so." 

MDEQ recommends Brookhaven monitor their levies more closely.

The City believes the breach was caused by rodents that burrowed in, which may have been preventable.

"Our environmental compliance and enforcement division will take a closer look at it, and look at any penalties they may impose," added Upton.

MDEQ says they do not believe the incident will have any long term effect on the river - including the plants and animals. 

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