Georgia spill leads to warning in Florida

Georgia spill leads to warning in Florida

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VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Florida health officials are warning residents along the Withlacoochee and Suwanee rivers to take precautions because of a spill of storm water and partially treated sewage upstream in Valdosta, Ga.

Valdosta reported a spill of about 9 million gallons in to the Withlacoochee River on Feb. 22-23 due to heavy rains. The Withlacoochee River flows south and connects with the Suwanee River.

The Florida Department of Health says anyone who comes into contact with river water should wash thoroughly. The department says children, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable and should take every precaution if they have contact with river water.

The city of Valdosta says it is making improvements to the Withlacoochee Water Pollution Control Plant to prevent future problems.

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