City stops sewage spill after 1 million gallons leak into lake

By Brittany Pieper – email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –After more than 24 hours of work, the City of Shreveport has stopped the sewage leaking into Champion Lake, and city officials say they should have the broken pipe repaired by 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Lonnie Fouts, Assistant Superintendent with the Office of Water and Sewerage, estimates a little more than 1 million gallons of sewage spilled into the lake.

Now, crews have at least a few more days of clean-up ahead of them. They started using pumps to aerate the water. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says the clean-up will take time, extra water, and possibly chemical treatments.

The city first noticed the leak Monday around 11 a-am, but they think it may have started on Saturday after a power outage.  The city says they didn't notice it until Monday because they manually check the lines each work day, but they don't have anyone scheduled to check them on the weekends.

Champion Lake is a private lake that does not feed into any water supply, so the spill is not a public health threat, but it could be harmful to anyone who goes into the lake water.  Also, the LDEQ says 2,000-5,000 fish died because of the spill.

The City of Shreveport will have to pay for the repairs and water treatment, but they have not said how much it will cost.

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