Effects of the government shutdown have come home to Yancey County. The Micaville Elementary School septic tank system was damaged when county workers were putting in a new line. The school does not have a grease trap, therefore, according to Superintendent Tony Tipton all grease goes into the septic tank. Since no local company can dispose of both sewage and grease, Tipton says the district had to hire Charlotte based Stanley Environmental to clean out the tank twice a week at two thousand dollars per cleanup. Plans are in the works to connect the school to the county sewage system. However the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service wants a complete environmental impact study before that can happen and they are now on furlough as part of the government shutdown.