Okaloosa jail water break causes sewage spill of 6,000 gallons into Crestview creek

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CRESTVIEW — The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has issued a "notice of pollution" following a sewer overflow Tuesday.

According to the notice, the incident started about 5 a.m. at 715 N. Ferdon Blvd. in Crestview and ended about 7:30 a.m.

The notice states that the city of Crestview received a call from its alarm company saying that a lift station was showing high water. Upon arrival, city workers found that the lift station was pumping all that it could handle but the water was still rising.

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City workers learned that the Okaloosa County Jail had a water break that caused 50 toilets with 10-gallon flush valves to steadily run wide open. The jail's manhole with grinder pump was overwhelmed and spilled out into Mill Creek.

City officials estimated that 6,000 gallons escaped and entered the creek.