Sewage spill has minimal impact in Pigeon Forge

10:36 PM, Apr 5, 2011   |    comments
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Several businesses in Pigeon Forge said the sewage treatment plant spill in Gatlinburg won't impact tourism in their city.

The spill happened early Tuesday morning causing close to one-million gallons of waste to flow through the Little Pigeon River.

The City of Pigeon Forge sits down river from the plant.

Tourist lodging near the river Tuesday said they did not feel uncomfortable visiting the area.

"I don't smell anything, I don't see anything unusual," said Cindy Steward, a tourist from Kentucky staying at the Econo Lodge.

Amanda Linkes, an employee at the Econo Lodge, said none of their guests have asked about the spill and the impact has been minimal.

"I think it's going to flow through and go past and clean water from the mountains will come down," Linkes said.

The owner of the Pigeon Forge-Gatlinburg KOA took action to notify campers.

"I have placed signs down by the river as the city does sometimes when there are problems with the water, but I haven't had anybody say anything at all" Ann Kelch said.

The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism said they want visitors and residents in the area to know that the city's drinking water is completely safe and comes from Douglas Lake, not the Little Pigeon River.

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