A sewage leak occurred in the Guntersville City Jail this week, causing the staff to have to empty the jail as the cause of the leak was assessed and plans were made to repair it, Police Chief Jim Peterson said.

“It was a plumbing issue,” Peterson said. It impacted the administrative offices of the Police Department somewhat, but dispatch managed to keep functioning.

There were 14 inmates in the jail at the time.

“This is not the first time we’ve had to empty the jail, so we had a little experience in the mechanics of this process,” Peterson said.

The judge decided 10 of those inmates could be released. The city had to find beds for the other 4 inmates. They ended up being housed in the Marshall County Jail and the Boaz City Jail, Peterson said.

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