Gatlinburg, Tenn. – Two workers are missing at the Gatlinburg Wastewater Treatment Plant. Millions of gallons of raw sewage rushed from the failed holding tank, and ran the sewage in the Little Pigeon River. It is not known if the two workers were rushed with the tide of unfiltered, raw sewage; or if they are trapped at the facility.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency stated that the holding tank failed and as much as 1 ½ and 3 million gallons of raw sewage spilled out.
The two workers are being searched for; stated Eric Brakins, assistant city manager for Pigeon Forge. TEAMA spokesman, Jeremy Heidt stated that the failure of the structure of the holding tank caused the breach and allowed the raw sewage to escape. Heidt stated that “some” sewage entered the Spur River, between the Smokeytourism centers of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.