Tropical Storm Emily causes 10,000-gallon wastewater spill in Lakeland

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) — About 10,000 gallons of wastewater spilled at a lift station in Polk County Monday morning.

Polk County Utilities says the spill was caused by heavy rain and a power outage at Lift Station #100 on Shepherd Road in Lakeland.

Officials said it was related to Tropical Storm Emily.

All 10,000 gallons of domestic wastewater spilled from the station’s wet well into a nearby drainage ditch that feeds Poley Creek.

County officials say signs will be posted around the creek as a precaution and sampling will be done.


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