MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Health officials are warning Mobile residents to avoid standing water after sewer overflows at 21 locations dumped tens of thousands of gallons of waste water, with three “Sanitary Sewer Overflows” still happening Tuesday afternoon, according to the Mobile County Health Department.
A sanitary sewer overflow is “a release of untreated or partially treated sewage from a municipal sanitary sewer,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The untreated sewage will wind up mostly in the Dog River, Eslava Creek, Halls Mill Creek, and Three Mile Creek. People living there should “take precautions… for recreational purposes.” The MCHD also advises people to thoroughly cook all seafood harvested from those waters.
MCHD attributed the overflows to heavy rain and flooding caused by Hurricane Ida, according to a news release. Some locations stopped overflowing when rain slacked only to resume with returning rains.
Health Office for MCHD Dr. Bernard H. Eichold, II, cautioned Mobilians to be careful when encountering standing water in the city. If you do come into contact with sewage, Eichold advises you wash your hands and clothes thoroughly.
|LOCATION||Estimated Gallons||Receiving Water|
|2409 Octavia Dr. South||255||Dog River|
|120 Demouy Ave. at Murray St.||17,250||Eslava Creek|
|202 Morgan Ave.||24,250||Eslava Creek|
|50 Westwood St. at Homewood St.||65,625||Eslava Creek|
|175 Westwood St.||9,450||Eslava Creek|
|208 Westwood St.||Ongoing||Eslava Creek|
|1102 Gimon Cir. (2)||18,750||Eslava Creek|
|1114 Gimon Cir||3,825||Eslava Creek|
|1301 Gulf Field Dr. W||9,210||Eslava Creek|
|1710 Gulf Field Dr. N.||9,210||Eslava Creek|
|McVay Dr. @ Navco Rd.||67,950||Eslava Creek|
|766 Johnston Ave.||Ongoing||Eslava Creek|
|16 Japonica Ave||3,120||Eslava Creek|
|101 Mohawk St. @ Elizabeth St||4,900||Eslava Creek|
|2301 Carrington Dr.||1,300||Halls Mill Creek|
|Airport Blvd. @ Easement (4)||Ongoing||Halls Mill Creek|
|9240 Airport Blvd.||6,750||Halls Mill Creek|
|8748 Augusta Dr. W. (2)||6,060||Halls Mill Creek|
|2270 Vulcan Ct.||2,450||Halls Mill Creek|
|3171 Baronne St.||3,225||Three Mile Creek|
|2102 Prichard Ave||1,800||Three Mile Creek|
To help relieve pressure on sewer lines during heavy rains, MAWSS diverts water to temporary storage facilities. That means sending millions of gallons of water to Severe Weather Attenuation Tanks.
|Three Mile SWAT||20,000,000 gallons (both tanks full)|
|Eslava SWAT||8,000,000 (tank full)|
|Halls Mill SWAT||5,378,700 gallons|