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Kayaker’s Call To Dispatch About Sewage Spill Released

Posted at 6:35 PM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 18:35:13-04

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – Tonight we’re hearing the first call made to dispatch after a kayaker noticed a big sewage spill in Scott County.

The spill was so bad, officials had to close off parts of Elkhorn Creek through Memorial Day weekend.

The out-of-state kayaker was spending a leisurely day on the water Saturday when he noticed a pipe, roughly a foot-wide in diameter spewing excrement into the water.

“I’m on Elkhorn Creek and it looks like there is gobs of sewage running off the bank,” the caller tells dispatch.

The caller told dispatchers he noticed the problem in the creek behind Dover Manor Senior Home.

“I’m figuring it’s a sewage pipe, it must have broke. It’s coming off the bank. It’s putting gobs of water in the creek right now. It’s just like a waterfall going down the side of the bank,” he reports.

Scott County Emergency Management Officials are glad he called when he did because they estimate about 100,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the creek.

“It’s actually coming into the water, you can tell where the water is real dark around there. The regular water is like green, it’s real dark water that’s coming in,” the caller said.

They’re open now, but after the magnitude of the sewage spill, the Elkhorn Creek Float Fest has been cancelled for June 8th.