- Associated Press - Friday, September 26, 2014

ROCHELLE, Ga. (AP) - A federal judge has approved a rural Georgia city’s offer to make $830,000 worth of repairs and upgrades to its sewer system to settle a federal lawsuit by residents who complained that frequent spills flooded their homes and yards with waste.

U.S. District Court Judge Marc T. Treadwell signed an order approving the settlement Friday. The small city of Rochelle has promised to install new sewer pipes, manholes and a new pumping station by the end of November.

Eight Rochelle residents sued the city 70 miles south of Macon last year. They said cracks in old sewer pipes and manholes let storm water flow in, flooding the system and forcing raw waste backward into yards and homes. The city’s attorney has said repairs were underway before the residents filed suit.

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