Vandals cause sewer spill
City officials have blamed vandals for a blocked sewer pipe that caused 16,300 gallons of untreated sewage to spill this week into a tributary of South Hamby Creek.
Authorities said Tuesday that the wastewater came from a manhole next to Interstate 85 at 1122 Randolph St. City crews removed several energy drink bottles and large chucks of stone to clear the sewer line, according to a release. Vandals used a manhole to put the items into the sewer system.
The city notified state emergency management and water-quality officials about the spill.
Last month during heavy rains, three wastewater spills in Thomasville totaling 104,810 gallons of sewage and rainwater spilled into the Hamby Creek and a tributary of Hanks Branch Creek, which feed into High Rock Lake and the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin.