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GREENSBORO — Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Michael forced more than 1 million gallons of untreated wastewater to spill into local waterways, the city said Saturday.

In the largest spill, floodwaters on Friday forced a lift station to shut down, spilling 800,000 gallons of untreated wastewater over a 16-hour period from Reedy Fork Lift Station at 6591 McLeansville Road into Middle Reedy Fork Creek, the city said in a news release.

The following spills also were reported:

  • About 2,500 gallons Thursday for two hours from Corbin Road Lift Station, 4105 Corbin Road, into North Buffalo Creek.
  • About 200,000 gallons Thursday for about six hours from a manhole at 3844 Battleground Ave., into Horsepen Creek.
  • About 3,000 gallons Thursday over two hours from Brightwood Lift Station at 3240 Gatesville Road, into North Buffalo Creek.
  • About 1,200 gallons for about three hours Friday from Cardella Lift Station at 612 Cardella Drive, into South Buffalo Creek.

The city said in all cases the downstream area was inspected and, where needed, cleaned up.

Two other discharges Thursday that were previously reported combined accounted for another 3,500 gallons spilled into North Buffalo Creek.

The city is required by law to report such spills.

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