Update 2023-06-26: Withlacoochee River and Sugar Creek OK Sunday 2023-06-25.
Nobody from the City of Valdosta answered my questions about the One Mile Branch Williams Street sewage spill after the Saturday 5:14 PM Valdosta press release, until City Manager Richard Hardy this morning texted me “1600 block William St.”
That’s between E. College and E. Moore Streets. But that’s not where the sewage spill warning sign is.
The first WWALS scout to get there was WWALS Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman,
who sent back these pictures, and some videos:
Why Valdosta Utilities or the Valdosta PIO did not post such pictures is mysterious.
I’d give Valdosta a B+ on dealing with the spill (no higher, because they did not discover it).
But I give Valdosta a D on informing the public: a press release three days after they were informed of the spill, after 5PM on a Saturday, when people would already be fishing or boating downstream, with no location within three miles, no estimate of how much was spilled, unclear on whether the situation is fixed or not, and no answer to questions for another day and a half. Continue reading