July 23, 2008

Wednesday Headlines: Long Island Water Main Break Floods Streets

Posted in California, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, West Virginia at 12:32 pm by bengann

In Long Island, a residential street in Woodmere turned into a river after a water main broke, with a sinkhole nearly swallowing a car. Several streets in the area were closed to traffic because of flooding from the water main break.

The Ohio EPA is seeking public comments on its draft approval of the city of Columbus’ wet weather management plan. The sewer system in Columbus currently discharges 1.65 billion gallons of sewer overflow in a typical year. Under the new plan, by the year 2025, these overflows would be reduced to 250 million gallons annually.

Water officials estimate Raleigh, North Carolina lost 200,000 gallons of water Wednesday morning after a water main broke in the city’s downtown area. The 12-inch pipe broke sending water gushing out of the ground and flooding a nearby parking deck.

A Gainesville, Georgia environmental specialist doing a routine check of sewer lines and creek inspections discovered a major wastewater spill Tuesday morning. It is estimated the overflow lasted between 48 and 72 hours, where  approximately 50,000 gallons of wastewater spilled onto the ground and entered into a tributary of Balus Creek.

On Tuesday, state health officials in Oregon warned people to stay out of the water at Cannon Beach after 85,000 gallons of sewage overflowed from the waste water treatment plant.

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