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Wachovia Evacuated Due to Sewage Issue

Posted: Updated: Dec 21, 2010 03:17 PM EST

The Charlottesville Fire Department spent much of Tuesday afternoon cleaning up a smelly mess at Wachovia bank's downtown location.

Around 1:00 p.m. Charlottesville fire crews responded to reports of a gas leak at the Wachovia Bank.  The building was evacuated shortly afterwards. 

Upon investigation it was discovered that it was a sewage leak in the basement, not a gas leak. Crews say the bank's drain system backed up causing a drain-cleaning chemical to bubble up to the surface.

While the backup didn't pose a health hazard to customers, crews spent hours cleaning up and working to ventilate the building.

Reported by NBC29 HD News