Prichard reports on several Sanitary Sewer Overflows

May 27, 2022

Prichard reports on several Sanitary Sewer Overflows

MOBILE, Ala. —

Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board has reported on numerous Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) caused by heavy rains on May 25 and 26. Most of the SSO events have stopped, while the one at the intersection of Chin Street and Butts Street is ongoing.

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

Location                                              Estimated Gallons                               Receiving Water

Chin St. @ Butts St.                              Ongoing                                               Three Mile Creek

Bessemer Ct. @ Whistler St.                 250,000                                                Gumtree Branch

Patricia Ave. @ Whistler St.                  250,000                                                Gumtree Branch

2401 Whistler St.                                  140,000                                                Gumtree Branch

361 W. Highland Dr.                            138,000                                                Gumtree Branch

Wood St. @ N. Dr. MLK Jr. Dr.             97,000                                                 Gumtree Branch

1820 First Ave.                                    75,000                                                 Gumtree Branch

Prichard Ave. @ Newsome St.              400,000                                                Toulmins Spring Branch

835 N. College St.                                277,200                                                Toulmins Spring Branch

705 Sample St.                                     250,000                                                Toulmins Spring Branch

1006 Grant Ave.                                   100,000                                                Toulmins Spring Branch

830 Strauss Ave.                                  72,000                                                 Toulmins Spring Branch

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 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.

Be safer this summer by following these tips

May 27, 2022

Be safer this summer by following these tips

MOBILE, Ala. — The traditional start of summer is almost here as Americans will celebrate Memorial Day next Monday. However, with the large amount of fun also come many health and safety challenges – especially with the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Whatever people have planned, the American Red Cross, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer these tips to help them enjoy their holiday and steps they can follow to be safe.

COVID-19 – The Mobile County Health Department offers vaccine and testing weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Festival Centre in West Mobile (Suite 101-A, corner of Airport Boulevard and Montlimar Drive), the Public Health Response Unit at the Semmes Health Center (3810 Wulff Road East), and starting June 1 at the Southwest Public Health Center (5580 Inn Road in Tillman’s Corner). Clients can walk in for COVID-19 vaccinations. Appointments must be made for rapid testing online at https://appointments.mchd.org.

According to the CDC, celebrate in ways that do not spread COVID-19. Get vaccinated now if you want to meet with family indoors and without masks. If everyone at an indoor gathering is vaccinated, masks are optional. If your guests are unvaccinated or you don’t know their status, plan gatherings that are small, short, and outdoors.

GRILLING — Every year, people in this country are injured while using backyard charcoal or gas grills. Follow these steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:
• Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
• Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
• Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
• Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
• Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
• Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
• Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.

SUN PROTECTION — Limit exposure to direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15. Reapply sunscreen often. Remember to drink plenty of water regularly, even if not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them. Protect the eyes by wearing sunglasses that will absorb 100 percent of UV sunlight. Protect the feet because the sand can burn them, and glass and other sharp objects can cut them.

PICNICS — Plan to take only the amounts of food you will use. Most foods are safe for short periods when stored with ice or frozen gel packs in a proper cooler. Creamy or custard foods and salads using store-bought mayonnaise are safe if kept cold in a cooler.
• No cooler? Not a problem. Plan your menu using the following items: Fruits, vegetables, hard cheese, canned/dried meats or fish, dry cereal, bread, peanut butter, and crackers.
• Use separate plates and utensils for raw and cooked meat and poultry and ready-to-eat foods, like raw fruits and vegetables.
• Use a food thermometer to make sure meat and poultry are cooked hot enough to kill harmful germs.
• Do not leave food at room temperature for longer than two hours – one hour if the outside temperature is over 90 degrees. Keep perishable food in an insulated cooler packed with ice.
• At the end of the picnic or as soon as you return home, clean your cooler with water and a mild detergent and rinse thoroughly. Then, make sure to wipe it completely dry before storing it. If lingering odors are an issue, a quick wipe with a vanilla extract-soaked paper towel can freshen things up. Finally, if your cooler has a drain plug, make sure it is open to prevent moisture from accumulating during storage.

BEACH SAFETY — If someone’s visit to the shore includes swimming in the ocean, they should learn how to swim in the surf and only swim at a lifeguarded beach within the designated swimming area. Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards. Other safety tips include:
• Keep alert for local weather conditions. Check to see if any warning signs or flags are posted.
• Always swim with a buddy.
• Have young children and inexperienced swimmers wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
• Protect the neck – do not dive headfirst. Walk carefully into open waters.
• Keep a close eye and constant attention on children and adults while at the beach. Wave action can cause someone to lose their footing, even in shallow water.
• Watch out for aquatic life. Water plants and animals may be dangerous. Avoid patches of plants and leave animals alone.

RIP CURRENTS — These are responsible for deaths on our nation’s beaches every year — and for most of the rescues performed by lifeguards. Any beach with breaking waves may have rip currents. Be aware of the danger of rip currents and remember the following:
• If someone is caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until out of the current. Once free, they should turn and swim toward shore. If they can’t swim to the shore, they should float or tread water until free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
• Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.

POOL SAFETY – Well-maintained pools are less likely to spread germs. Injuries and drownings are less likely in pools that have trained staff and adequate safety equipment. Before you swim, you can check the pool yourself using the following checklist:
• Look for the pool’s latest inspection results.
• Make sure the drain at the bottom of the deep end is visible.
• Check that the drain covers at the bottom appear to be secured and in good repair.
• Use pool test strips to make sure the water’s pH and free chlorine or bromine concentration are correct.
• Check for a lifeguard.
• Make sure no chemicals are out in the open.

TEMPERATURE — During hot weather, watch for signs of heatstroke — hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing. If it is suspected someone is suffering from heatstroke:
• Call 9-1-1 and move the person to a cooler place.
• Quickly cool the body by applying cool, wet towels to the skin (or misting it with water) and fanning the person.
• Watch for signs of breathing problems and make sure the airway is clear. Keep the person lying down.

INSECTS — Bugs, including mosquitoes, ticks, and some flies, can spread diseases like Zika, Dengue, and Lyme disease.
• Use EPA-registered insect repellents that contain at least 20 percent DEET for protection against mosquitoes, ticks, and other bugs.
• Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and a hat. Tuck your shirt into your pants and your pants into your socks for maximum protection.
• Check yourself and your children for ticks.

Prevention & Wellness expanding services at Tillman’s Corner

May 27, 2022

Prevention & Wellness expanding services at Tillman’s Corner

MOBILE, Ala. — The Prevention & Wellness directorate is one of the cornerstones of traditional public health services of the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD). Since 1816, public health in Mobile County has been one of education, prevention, and the promotion of wellness.

To help accomplish this goal, MCHD has converted space located at the back of the Southwest Mobile Health Center (5580 Inn Road in Tillman’s Corner). Starting on Wednesday, June 1, the renovated section will be called the Southwest Public Health Center.

Dr. Rendi Murphree, an Epidemiologist who oversees MCHD’s Bureau of Disease Surveillance and Control, said Prevention & Wellness will offer free COVID-19 primary and booster vaccinations (either Pfizer or Moderna) and rapid testing at the Southwest Public Health Center.

This will be the third location for such services to be offered by MCHD. It will join the Festival Centre shopping center (Suite 101-A; corner of Airport Boulevard and Montlimar Drive) and the Public Health Response Unit located at the Semmes Health Center (3810 Wulff Road East).

Services are available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are no out-of-pocket costs. While no appointment is required to receive COVID-19 vaccine, individual appointments must be made for rapid testing online at this link — https://appointments.mchd.org.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit www.MCHDcares.com or call 251-410-MCHD (6243).

MAWSS updates report on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

May 27, 2022

MAWSS updates report on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to multiple Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) in the Mobile area over the two-day period of May 25 and 26. These wastewater overflows occurred after heavy rainfall infiltrated the sewer lines. MAWSS is addressing wastewater overflows with capital projects.

Some overflows restarted after yesterday’s news release. Below are the documented locations, updated totals and receiving waters:

111 Demouy Ave.  25,000 (Restarted) Eslava Creek
101 Mohawk St. @ Elizabeth St.  24,600 (Restarted) Eslava Creek
202 Morgan Ave.    9,675 (Restarted) Eslava Creek
204 Seminole St.    3,975 Eslava Creek
205 Seminole St.    5,125 Eslava Creek
50 Westwood St. @ Homewood St.  20,050 (Restarted) Eslava Creek
175 Westwood St.    9,425 (Restarted) Eslava Creek
208 Westwood St.  22,775 (Restarted) Eslava Creek
1102 Gimon Cir. (2)  20,920 (Restarted) Eslava Creek
1301 Gulf Field Dr. W.    6,900 (Restarted) Eslava Creek
1710 Gulf Field Dr. N.    8,600 (Restarted) Eslava Creek
766 Johnston Ave.  95,125 (Restarted) Eslava Creek
1306 Gulf Field Dr. W.    3,450 Eslava Creek
1352 Gulf Field Dr. E.    2,300 Eslava Creek
63 Conti St @ Demouy Ave.  17,250 Eslava Creek
1050 Lubel Ave.    1,005 (Restarted) Three Mile Creek
Government St. @ Breamwood Ave.    2,000 Eslava Creek

217 Pinehill Dr.                                                    Evidence Only

121 Florence Pl. (2)                                             Evidence Only

Dr. Kevin P Michaels, 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.

Saraland reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

May 26, 2022

Saraland reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Saraland Water and Sewer Service has reported on a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred during the heavy rain on May 25 and 26.

The SSO occurred at 104 Station Street, on site at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The estimated amount was more than 1,000 gallons and less than 10,000 gallons. The SSO overflowed into Norton Creek.

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 Norton Creek 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.

MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

May 26, 2022

MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to multiple Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) in the Mobile area May 25. These wastewater overflows occurred after heavy rainfall infiltrated the sewer lines. MAWSS is addressing wastewater overflows with capital projects.

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

111 Demouy Ave.; 23,500; Eslava Creek
101 Mohawk St. @ Elizabeth St.; 23,000; Eslava Creek
202 Morgan Ave.; 7,125; Eslava Creek
204 Seminole St.; 3,975; Eslava Creek
205 Seminole St.; 5,125; Eslava Creek
50 Westwood St. @ Homewood St.; 17,500; Eslava Creek
175 Westwood St.; 6,625; Eslava Creek
208 Westwood St.; 19,875; Eslava Creek
1102 Gimon Cir. (2); 20,700; Eslava Creek
1301 Gulf Field Dr. W.; 5,750; Eslava Creek
1710 Gulf Field Dr. N.; 6,900; Eslava Creek
766 Johnston Ave.; 38,125; Eslava Creek
1306 Gulf Field Dr. W.; 3,450; Eslava Creek
1352 Gulf Field Dr. E.; 2,300; Eslava Creek
63 Conti St @ Demouy Ave.; 17,250; Eslava Creek
Government St. @ Breamwood Ave.; 2,000; Eslava Creek
1050 Lubel Ave.; 585; Three Mile Creek

Dr. Kevin P Michaels, 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.

MCHD observes Mental Health Awareness Month

May 30, 2022

MCHD observes Mental Health Awareness Month

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department’s Health Equity Office is recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month. This week’s article – submitted by Program Administrative Support Specialist Sherita Anderson – has a theme of “Positive Self-Talk.”

Self-talk is thought to be a mix of conscious and unconscious beliefs and biases that we hold about ourselves and the world. Sigmund Freud first created the idea that we have both conscious and unconscious levels of thought, which unconscious cognitive processes influencing our behavior in ways we do not realize.

Positive self-talk is the flip of negative self-talk. It is more about showing yourself self-compassion and understanding for who you are and what you have been through. In honor of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, we should use positive self-talk as an internal narrative and switch ideas to “I can do better next time” or “I choose to learn from my mistakes, not be held back by them.”

Research suggests that positive self-talk is important for several reasons such as helping overcome body dysmorphia to sports performance, mediating anxiety, and depression, to more effective learning. Positive self-talk can make a world of difference. Three additional benefits include:

• Helps to reduce stress
• Helps to boost confidence and resilience
• Helps build better relationships

Below are examples of how to turn negative self-talk into positive self-talk:

Negative self-talk                  Positive self-talk
That is too difficult.                   It sounds challenging.
I cannot do it.                              I will give it my best shot.
I always mess things up.           If I mess up, I will learn from it.
I have always been this way.    I am open to change.
I will fail.                                      I want to succeed.

If negative self-talk affects a person’s mental health, they should consider seeking help. Negative self-talk and repetitive thoughts could be signs of an underlying condition such as anxiety, depression, or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). A doctor may advise a person about support groups or health professionals who can help them address their self-talk.
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This media product was supported by funds made available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, under 1 NH75OT000104-01-00. The content of this media product is that of the authors and does not necessarily stand for the official position of or endorsement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Saraland reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

May 25, 2022

Saraland reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

MOBILE, Ala. — Saraland Water and Sewer Service has reported on several Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) that occurred during the inclement weather on May 24 and 25.

The three SSO’s overflowed into Norton Creek. They took place at the following locations:

• Intersection of Bill Myles Drive and Station Street. This SSO is ongoing. This discharge was fully treated effluent; having received Primary, Secondary, and Final disinfection.
• 104 Station Street, on site at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. – The estimated overflow was less than 1,000 gallons. This discharge was partially treated, lacking only the final disinfection.
• West side of U.S. 43 across from 226 Saraland Boulevard South. The estimated overflow was between 75,000 and 100,000 gallons.

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 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 Norton 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.

MCHD to begin spraying for mosquitoes this week

May 25, 2022

MCHD to begin spraying for mosquitoes this week

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) has mosquito traps placed throughout the county to help determine the correct moment to begin night-time spraying to deal with the irritating insects. After reviewing recent collections, officials with Vector Services say trap counts have reached a threshold that requires the commencement of control activities. Spraying throughout Mobile and the county will start this week.

Mobile County has been divided into 50 spray zones. Areas treated are determined by trap data, complaints, and observations by MCHD Inspector. Vector Services is rotating first- and second-generation chemical insecticides and organophosphates so that no tolerance is built up in the mosquito population. In 2021, Vector Services sprayed 648 routes that covered 583,197 acres.

MCHD has an airplane — a Cessna 182Q — that will spray insecticides along coastal areas and in other places that are inaccessible by truck. Final calibrations are needed before it is put into service this summer. The plane will be used when there are large hatchings of saltwater mosquitoes, which are different from the Aedes albopictus mosquito that is the main disease-carrying mosquito. The saltwater mosquito is more of a nuisance, but it can also carry disease.

MCHD provides a comprehensive program through its Vector Services department. This includes mosquito surveillance, disease surveillance, public health education, larviciding (larvae control), and adulticiding (adult mosquito control) to track, monitor, and control mosquitoes. Vector Services also assesses the potential for mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus (WNV), Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), and St. Louis Encephalitis through its sentinel chicken program. There are more than 50 species of mosquitoes in Mobile County.

The chicks are placed in 13 strategically located coops throughout the county once they reach maturity. In 2021, there were 422 samples submitted. Three chickens tested positive for WNV while three more tested positive for EEE.

To learn more about the department, you may visit https://mchd.org/vector-control. From there, you can find a link and a QR code to access the new online portal for ordering services. A mosquito complaint may also be submitted to Vector Services by calling 251-690-8124 or via email at VectorServices@mchd.org.

Bayou La Batre reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by heavy rainfall

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.

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