Early this morning there was a catastrophic failure of a waste water treatment facility in Gatlinburg located behind the Visitor’s Center. Read more here at WBIR. Two people working at the waste water facility are missing.
It is reported that between 1.5 million gallons of raw sewage was spilled directly into the Little Pigeon River.
Sewage flowed through a section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park called the “Spur” which links Gatlinburg to Pigeon Forge. The Little Pigeon River flows north through Sevierville and drains into the French Broad River. This sewage will soon find its way into Knoxville and the Fort Loudoun Lake.
Bio-hazard Warning: Do Not have contact with this water until deemed safe
The Mountain Press also has an update concerning this tragedy. Read the Mountain Press article here. Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation are on scene and monitoring the conditions.
This sewage spill is not located within the Little River watershed and does not effect the water quality of the Little River or its tributaries. None the less, this is a concern for all citizens within our community and we send our deepest regards to the families of the missing workers.