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July 6, 2011

Public urged to avoid swimming in Greenville-area creek following sewage spill

COLUMBIA – People living in the vicinity of Furman Hall Road in the Parker section of Greenville are advised not to swim or wade in Richland Creek downstream to the Reedy River due to a grease clog that caused a sewage overflow, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

“Crews from the Parker Sewer District have cleared the clogged sewer line and are cleaning up the spill which did get into a stream that flows into Richland Creek,” said Susan Turner, director of DHEC’s Region 2 environmental quality control office. “As a precaution, we advise residents to stay out of the water of Richland Creek, an unnamed upstream tributary of the creek, and downstream to where the creek empties into the Reedy River after passing through Cleveland Park.”

Turner said DHEC staff has posted advisory signs along the creek. 


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