May 25, 2022
Bayou La Batre reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by heavy rainfall
MOBILE, Ala. — The Utilities Board of the City of Bayou La Batre has reported a Sanitary Sewer Overflow that occurred on May 24. The causes were a power outage and heavy rainfall.
A discharge estimated at more than 1,000 gallons and less than 10,000 gallons took place from a manhole on Shell Belt Road at Faith Street. The overflow reached a drainage ditch that eventually empties into Bayou La Batre. The affected area was cleaned and disinfected.
Dr. Kevin P. Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.
Area residents should take precautions when using Bayou La Batre for recreational purposes because of this overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.