September 17, 2008

Wednesday Headlines: Water Main Break Floods a Children’s Hospital

Posted in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio at 1:57 pm by bengann

The Considine Professional Building at Akron Children’s Hospital has regained electricity and phones after being flooded Tuesday due to a water main break. Damage to information systems and elevators in the Considine building are still being assessed but patient appointments for today in the Considine building have been cancelled.

Heavy rains over the weekend in Richland, Michigan caused about 81,000 gallons of water to overflow into the 5-acre, privately owned wetlands. A contributing factor to the overflow, was the water coming into the system through pick holes in manhole covers.

The city of Pontiac, Illinois will submit a long-term control plan to the Illinois EPA to reduce the number of combined sewer overflows, with sewer-rehabilitation work planned for 2010-11, then a two-year monitoring period to see if more measures are needed. Needed improvements to reduce overflow events is estimated to cost $2.86 million.

Imagine waiting a year to fix a sinkhole from water main break. That is exactly what has happened for a community in Ottumwa, Iowa whose long wait will soon be over.

Two New York bond insurers sued Jefferson County, Alabama yesterday, asking that a federal judge appoint a receiver to manage the sewer system, raise rates and take other steps to increase revenues to pay the county’s $3.2 billion sewer debt.

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Reminderville, Ohio
Rome, Georgia

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