March 31, 2009

Tuesday Headlines: Heavy Rain Causes Major Sewer Overflows in SW Alabama

Posted in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia at 12:23 pm by bengann

In Southwest Alabama, heavy rain last week resulted in at least a million gallons of untreated sewage flooding into area creeks, rivers and ultimately Mobile Bay. Bacteria levels in local waters will remain above EPA standards for safe contact for the next several days.

Water officials in Durham, North Carolina say a road will be closed for several hours today while crews work to repair a break in a 20-inch water main that is affecting 50-60 customers.

Officials in Lafayette, Indiana have declared a sewer emergency after it was discovered that a sewer pipe had deteriorated to half its normal size.  The project could cost as much as $800,000 and will take several months to complete.

A city committee in Denton, Texas voted Monday to spend more than $200,000 in federal stimulus funds to replace a sewer line. Under the plan, the city would allocate a large share of its Community Development Block Grant funding from the economic stimulus for the project.

Planners in Lake Placid and the Adirondacks are learning just how stiff the competition is for federal stimulus water and sewer funding. So far, the state has received $11 billion worth of requests for the $216 million available.

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