Sewage spill in Albany estimated to be over 1 million gallons

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Over 1.2 million gallons of sewage has spilled into the Percosin Canal system after weekend storms rolled through the area and affected two lift stations.

City of Albany officials say that Lift Station 81, which is adjacent to a large drainage canal in the 300 block of South Westover Blvd, was flooded by storm water when the canal overtopped its banks.

The flooding led to a total power loss and equipment failure at the station.

This led to an estimated 1.2 million gallons of sewage flowing into the Percosin Canal system from Sunday morning until Monday afternoon.

City officials say they were able to get the station back online Monday afternoon.

On Tuesday morning, Lift Station 82 dumped an estimated 17,640 gallons of sewage into the Percosin Canal system near the 2100 block of West Oakridge Drive.

This was attributed to high flows and the pumps clogging at the station.

As a result of both of the spills, residents are advised to avoid contact with water in the city canal for the next 30 days.

Officials say that no city drinking water systems were affected by the spills.

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