Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

July 20, 2021

Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer has responded to numerous Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) caused by recent heavy rains. The events started at 4:30 p.m. on July 19 and stopped on July 20 at 6:30 a.m.

The nearest manhole locations, estimated amounts and receiving waters are listed below:

Location                                              Estimated Gallons                               Receiving Water

Chin St. @ Butts St.                              180,000                                                 Three Mile Creek

Patricia St. @ Whistler St.                     103,000                                                 Gumtree Branch

2408 Whistler St.                                  66,000                                                 Gumtree Branch

1205 W. Prichard Ave.                         36,000                                                 Toulmins Spring Branch

821 College St.                                     33,000                                                 Toulmins Spring Branch

705 Sample St.                                     18,000                                                 Toulmins Spring Branch

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, 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 these overflows. 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 Three Mile Creek, Gumtree Branch and Toulmins Spring Branch for recreational purposes because of these overflows. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by heavy rains

July 20, 2021

MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to multiple Sanitary Sewer Overflows in the Mobile area on July 19. Wastewater overflows occur when heavy rainfall infiltrates the sewer lines.

Ongoing rainfall caused the overflows to be intermittent. All overflows have stopped at this time.

Below are the documented locations, accumulated totals and receiving waters:

Location                                            Estimated Gallons                             Receiving Water

Conti St. @ Demouy Ave. 1,730 Eslava Creek
120 Demouy Ave. @ Murray St. 3,460 Eslava Creek
766 Johnston Ave. 47,000 Eslava Creek
1050 Lubel Ave. 270 Three Mile Creek

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when encountering any standing water that may have accumulated because of these overflows. 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 Eslava Creek and Three Mile Creek for recreational purposes because of these overflows. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

In order to reduce the impact of heavy rains infiltrating our sewer lines, which limits the sewer system’s capacity to move wastewater flows to our treatment plants, MAWSS diverts wastewater to our large temporary storage facilities. The diversion of flows reduces wastewater volumes in the collection system and aids in maintaining conveyance capacity in the system.

Below are Severe Weather Attenuation Tanks (SWAT) and volumes of wastewater diverted to each:

Three Mile SWAT — 3,285,223 gallons,

Eslava SWAT — 3,853,359 gallons,

Halls Mill SWAT – Was not used.

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by third party

July 15, 2021

 MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by third party

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by a third party on July 14 at 4820 Schillinger Road South. Quick response by MAWSS crews enabled them to contain the approximately 2,125 gallons of wastewater that overflowed as a result of a contractor break.

All the wastewater was contained and did not reach state waters. MAWSS crews are taking steps to prevent further overflows at this location.

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, 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.

Back-to-school immunizations still available at Family Health sites

July 14, 2021

Back-to-school immunizations still available at Family Health sites

MOBILE, Ala. — Time is running out for local students to get their school immunizations prior to the start of classes. The Mobile County Public School System gets under way on Wednesday, August 11, while other public and private school systems soon follow.

Alabama’s School Immunization Law Section 16-30-4 states each student enrolled in day care, Head Start, and public or private schools has a valid Certificate of Immunization (COI) — previously known as “blue cards” — or a Religious Exemption Form on file at the facility they attend.

State of Alabama School Rules Chapter 420-6-1 (1) states the COI will be on a form approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), which is the one printed from ImmPRINT (Immunization Patient Resources with Integrated Technology). All required vaccines must be recorded before the COI can be submitted to the schools.

The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) and its primary care division — Family Health — are offering immunizations to students at all its health centers conveniently located throughout Mobile County. This allows clients to save time by avoiding the longer lines that can occur at the main facility in Downtown Mobile. For a list of all locations or operating times, please visit https://mchd.org/family-health/#locations.

Patients who receive their vaccinations through Family Health will receive the up-to-date COI at no charge.

All non-Family Health patients will be charged an administration fee of $10 per patient to receive an up-to-date COI. If vaccines are not up-to-date, parents or guardians should follow-up with their primary care provider or schedule an appointment at one of the Family Health’s clinics by calling 251-690-8889.

Clients not receiving services through Family Health will be charged a one-time administration fee of $30 per patient if requesting Family Health to enter immunizations into ImmPRINT from other states to generate an Alabama COI.

Individuals requesting a Religious Exemption must submit a Statement of Intent. Religious Exemptions will be offered each Wednesday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. in Building 4-5 at the Keeler Memorial Complex (251 North Bayou Street in Mobile). A first-come, first-served format will be followed. Only a limited number of individuals will be allowed in the building because of COVID-19. Religious Exemptions are not offered to college age students or adults. Call 251-690-8175 or 251-690-8970 for additional information.

Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall is a priority. Although the COVID-19 vaccine is not among those required for students in the state of Alabama, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) stated on July 9 that vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the pandemic. The Pfizer mRNA vaccine is approved for those 12 years of age and older. A list of vaccine opportunities in Mobile County can be found by calling 251-410-MCHD (6243) or by visiting www.MCHDcares.com.

MCHD encourages anglers to be careful this weekend during Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

July 13, 2021

MCHD encourages anglers to be careful this weekend during Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) would like to welcome all the anglers and their families who are participating in the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo this weekend. A project of the Mobile Jaycees since 1929, the 88th annual tournament traditionally attracts more than 3,500 anglers to Dauphin Island.

With so many fishing boats out this weekend, it is good to go over some points to make sure everyone is safe during these water activities. Anglers must also be aware of the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports about 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages, and the second leading cause of injury death for children ages 1 to 14 years. In fact, more children ages 1 to 4 years die from drowning than any other cause of death except birth defects.

Here are some safety tips that MCHD encourages everyone to follow this summer:

Life jackets – Statistics show that drowning is the single biggest cause of death in recreational boating accidents, accounting for 76 percent of fatalities. The great majority of these drownings were precipitated by unexpected entry into the water, which means the victim had no time to grab a life jacket before entering the water. The data shows 84.5 percent of drowning victims were NOT wearing life jackets when found.

“Wearing a lifejacket or personal flotation device will save your life,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris J. Miller, Command Center Chief with U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile. “Not only is it paramount to wear a lifejacket, but if you are going to be on the water you should take the time to develop a float plan starting with reviewing the weather forecast, ensuring that all safety equipment on your boat is in proper working order, and socializing your route with a family member or friend so they know when you plan to return.”

Every boat operated on Alabama’s waterways is required to carry one Coast Guard-approved Type I, II, III, or V life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD) for each person on board or being towed by the boat. If Type V is used, it must be approved for the activity at hand. More details can be found at www.uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/life-jacket-wear-wearing-your-life-jacket.php.

All life jackets and PFDs must be in good and serviceable condition, be readily accessible and be of the proper size for the intended wearer. Sizing for life jackets/PFDs is based on body weight and chest size. In Alabama, passengers under 8 years of age are required to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket while onboard any boat (unless they are in an enclosed cabin).

Float plan – Why should you take the time to prepare a float plan? There are just too many facts that need to be accurately remembered and ultimately conveyed in an emergency situation. Without a float plan, you are counting on someone else, a friend, neighbor, or family member to remember detailed information that rescue personnel needs in order to find you. For convenience, the float plan can be left on the dash of the vehicle located at the launch site. A sample document can be found at http://floatplancentral.cgaux.org/

Swimmer in distress – You can help someone who is having trouble in the water without getting wet. This is important because you also need to stay safe. Going into the water to help someone who is having trouble could cause you to get in trouble. So remember: “Reach or Throw, Don’t Go” (www.redcross.org/ content/dam/redcross/atg/PDFs/Take_a_Class/Reach_or_throw_dont_ go.pdf). When helping someone in the water it is always best to reach or throw, do not go. Use any object that extends your reach, such as a pole, empty picnic cooler, paddle, ring buoy, or a belt.

COVID-19 – Even for those who have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, these measures can help keep you as safe as possible during these times:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Remember to cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when you go out in public and are in the presence of someone from another household.

Other issues to remember – Sometimes problems arrive while on a boat, and you are either out of cellphone range or your marine radio is inoperable. If possible, share your situation and location with another boater who can relay the information to family members or emergency personnel.

Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. Continue to reapply it according to the package directions.

Avoiding dehydration is vital to dealing with hot weather. Drink more fluids (especially water), regardless of how active you are. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink. Stay away from very sugary or alcoholic drinks, as these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps.

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