Sewage overflow reported in Surgoinsville after tractor hits sewer box; scene cleared

SURGOINSVILLE, TN (WJHL) – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officials, as well as EMA representatives from both the Town of Surgoinsville and Hawkins County, were called to investigate a sewage overflow in Surgoinsville, after a tractor mowing in the area ran over a sewer box causing an undetermined amount to leak into the Holston River.

According to a Surgoinsville Police Department report, officers were called to a possible water leak near the Virginia Hills subdivision on Oct. 13.

Upon arrival, police saw that the leak came from a box marked as sewer and that the box had been run over by a tractor while mowing. According to the report, the tractor broke the pressure valve on the box.

The leak was then reported to TDEC in Johnson City and the local EMA’s assisted with the scene due to the leak flowing into a spring, which then flowed into the Holston River.

“A tractor damaged a valve, which caused an estimated overflow of approximately 5,000 gallons,” Eric Ward, deputy communications director with TDEC, said. “An undetermined amount of sewage entered the Holston River, and a contractor was brought in to clean up the overflow.”

“No loss of aquatic wildlife was observed, the sewage line has since been repaired and the valve has been replaced. The incident has been resolved and no further action is anticipated,” Ward said.

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