Ga. city agrees to settle suit over sewage spills

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Updated: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:15:13 EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A rural Georgia city has agreed to make $830,000 worth of repairs and upgrades to its sewer system to settle a federal lawsuit by residents who complained that frequent spills flooded their homes and yards with raw waste.

The proposed settlement filed Thursday in U.S. District Court says the city of Rochelle plans to install new sewer pipes, manholes and a new pumping station by the end of November. Mayor James Rhodes signed the document, as did eight residents who last year sued the city 70 miles south of Macon.

Residents complained that cracks in Rochelle's old sewer pipes and manholes let storm water flow in, flooding the system and forcing raw waste backward into yards and homes. A federal judge still must approve the settlement, which isn't expected until September.

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