Lowndes County repairing collapsed manhole at Bevel Creek lift station 2020-09-02

Eagle-eye WWALS member Amy Hope Jackson spotted trucks next to Bevel Creek off of Loch Laurel Road near Lake Park, in Lowndes County Georgia, on GA 376, on September 2, 2020. This is upstream from Jumping Gully Creek and the Withlacoochee River.

[Location, Bevel Creek Lift Station, manhole collapse, trucks, RPI]
Location, Bevel Creek Lift Station, manhole collapse, trucks, RPI

Turns out they were implementing the $82,000.00 Bevel Creek Manhole Emergency Repair approved by the Lowndes County Commission on June 22, 2020.

This seemed likely since one of the trucks said RPI, and the winning bidder was RPI Underground. I confirmed with Lowndes County Utilities Director Steve Stalvey that this was indeed that repair.

Please remember Lowndes County has a separate sewer system from Valdosta, and Lowndes County has not spilled sewage in many months, apparently due to proactively upgrading the county sewer system.

[RPI truck]
RPI truck

I’m guessing Southeast Pipe Survey was a subcontractor.

[Southeast Pipe Survey truck]
Southeast Pipe Survey truck

The lift station is at 30.682771, -83.238650.

[Map: Bevel Creek Lift Station]
Map: Bevel Creek Lift Station in the WWALS map of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail.

Terry Richards, Valdosta Daily Times, 8 June 2020, Heavy rains cause problems in Lowndes.

[VDT, collapsed manhole, Terry Richards]
VDT, collapsed manhole, Photo by Terry Richards for the Valdosta Daily Times.

Bevel Creek runs into Jumping Gully Creek, which reaches the Withlacoochee River in Florida, downstream from State Line Boat Ramp, and upstream from Sullivan Launch.

[Map: Bevel Creek, Jumping Gully Creek, Withlacoochee River]
Map: Bevel Creek, Jumping Gully Creek, Withlacoochee River

They had quite a bit of equipment on site.

[Many trucks]
Many trucks

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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