PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WRBL) – Strong winds or a possible tornado caused significant damage to the administrative offices and laboratory at the Phenix City Wastewater Treatment Facility along State Docks Road. A brief power outage is also confirmed.
News 3’s Chuck Williams was first to confirm the damage via a Facebook Live. City officials want to be clear the facility, which treats around five-million gallons of wastewater a day, is operational at this time.
However, the damage did cause a 10-minute power outage at the facility allowing partially treated sewage to spill into the Chattahoochee.
The Phenix City wastewater treatment facility is located about four miles south of downtown Columbus. It’s across from Rigdon Park on the Georgia side.
We are told one city employee was at the facility when the destruction happened. The employee is okay, but his vehicle was damaged in the storm.
Assistant City Manager City Steve Smith and City Manager Wallace Hunter and Police Chief Ray Smith were all the plant surveying the damage and orchestrating the cleanup.
News 3 will continue to update as we can.