MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

April 28, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on April 25 at 4519 Cypress Business Park Drive. Approximately 552,000 gallons of sewer overflowed into Halls Mill Creek as a result of a corroded ductile iron sewer mainline that is 20 feet underground. MAWSS crews have since discovered additional fractures on the mainline. While working to repair the mainline, the overflow resumed and has spilled an additional 30,000 gallons that is being contained and not currently overflowing into Halls Mill Creek. At 4505 Brentwood Drive, 3,300 gallons has overflowed from a clean-out and spilled into an unnamed tributary of Halls Mill Creek. Water quality sampling is being performed by an independent laboratory. Clean up and mitigation of the soil is underway. Contaminated soil will be properly disposed of. 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. Area residents should take precautions when using Halls Mill Creek for recreational purposes because of the 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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Mobile County Commission honors Dr. Eichold on a milestone

April 28, 2021

Mobile County Commission honors Dr. Eichold on a milestone

MOBILE, Ala. — Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II accepted the position of Health Officer for Mobile County on May 1, 1990. He will be observing his 31st year at the helm of the Mobile County Health Department on Saturday.

In recognition of the anniversary, the Mobile County Commission presented Dr. Eichold with a Commendation of Professional Achievement this week. It stated: “The Mobile County Commission wishes to applaud Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II on his extraordinary professional achievements on the occasion of his 31st anniversary as Health Officer for the Mobile County Health Department. Furthermore, we extend our congratulations and best wishes to him for continued success.”

Dr. Eichold shared the previous mark for longest tenure in Mobile County with Dr. Otis Leon Chason, who served as Health Officer from 1934 to 1964. Now following research with the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Jefferson County Department of Health, it appears no other health officer in Alabama has ever served as long as Dr. Eichold.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure being the doctor for our community for over 30 years,” Dr. Eichold said. “In that time, we have reduced teenage pregnancy by 40 percent. We have used philanthropic dollars to empower a team of students to work against tobacco use. “We have worked with churches, industries, and individual citizens to improve their personal health, those of their employees and their congregations. We remain the only health department in the state that is both Joint Commission accredited for Ambulatory Health Care and a Federally Qualified Health Center.”

This was just the latest recognitions to be bestowed upon Dr. Eichold. He was presented with the 2018 Laureate Award by the American College of Physicians’ Alabama Chapter. This follows a special honor received that same year from Tulane University, which named him Alumni of the Year for the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Born and raised in Mobile, Dr. Eichold has obtained multiple academic degrees from Tulane. These include Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Public Health degrees. “Without my education, I could not have served as many persons and organizations,” Dr. Eichold said at that time. “My father stated education is the key to opportunity.”

This love of learning has deep roots in the Eichold family. His father Samuel and mother Charlotte stressed the value of education and community service. Dr. Sam Eichold II was the first Professor Emeritus at the University of South Alabama’s College of Medicine. The Mobile County Public School System recognized his many civic achievements and support of education by naming Eichold-Mertz Elementary School on Government Boulevard in his honor.

Previously when the elementary students advance, they were given a printed bookmark to remind them of Dr. Sam’s sayings: “The Foundations of Life are based on Discipline, Desire, Determination, Discretion and Duty. The Virtues of Life are Courtesy, Cleanliness, Punctuality, and Loyalty.”

Dr. Sam Eichold was presented with the ACP’s Laureate Award in 1993. Two other honorees – John McGehee in 1997 and Steve Davis in 2007 – served with Dr. Bert Eichold in private practice before he became Health Officer.

Dr. Bert Eichold served his country in the U.S. Navy, retiring with the rank of Captain, F.S, M.C. In addition to his medical duties, he has been very active in many civic organizations. Some include, but are not limited to, Mobile United, BIG, Mobile ARC, Chair of the Community Foundation of South Alabama Board, and currently on the Vestry of Christ Church Cathedral.

Dr. Eichold has been an Instructor at Tulane and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of South Alabama. He has served as a Science Advisor and mentor to young scientists in the NASA DEVELOP program based at MCHD. He is Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration.

He has received NASA and U.S. Navy medals, various civic/community awards and is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. He was presented with the William Henry Sanders Award from the Medical Association of Alabama in 2002 for his many years of service to public health. The Cottage Hill Civitan Club named him as the 2012 Mobilian of the Year.

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MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

April 27, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on April 26 at 4519 Cypress Business Park Drive. Approximately 552,000 gallons of sewer overflowed into Halls Mill Creek as a result of a sewer mainline break. The overflow has stopped. Crews have mobilized to repair the break. Water quality sampling is being performed by an independent laboratory. Clean up and mitigation of the soil is under way. Contaminated soil will be properly disposed of. MAWSS said another update will be sent out should additional spillage occur before the repair is complete. At this time, MAWSS officials do not know the cause of the break. 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. Area residents should take precautions when using Halls Mill Creek for recreational purposes because of the 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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Rabies clinics planned in May for dogs, cats, and ferrets

April 27, 2021

Rabies clinics planned in May for dogs, cats, and ferrets

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department provides low-cost rabies shots for dogs, cats, and ferrets that are good for one year during weekend clinics. Here is a list of the rabies clinics planned during May in Mobile County:

• May 1 (Saturday), 1 to 3 p.m., City of Mobile Animal Shelter, 855 Owens Street in Mobile

• May 7 (Friday), 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howell’s Ferry Road in Mobile

• May 8 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile

• May 15 (Saturday), 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., St. Elmo Feed & Seed Store, 9001 Highway 90 West

• May 22 (Saturday), 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile

In order to adhere to social distancing recommendations, these events will be drive-through clinics. The cost of the rabies vaccine per pet is $12. All rabies shots are payable in cash. In addition to these MCHD events, Town & Country Animal Hospital will host a rabies drive through clinic on May 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Semmes Middle School (4566 Ed George Road). The cost of the rabies vaccine per pet is $12. Each month, MCHD’s Rabies Officer provides residents with low-cost vaccines for their pet dogs, cats, and ferrets at a variety of locations. The state of Alabama tasks local health departments with providing affordable rabies vaccinations to pet owners. MCHD’s Rabies Officer has vaccinated a total 572 household pets during rabies clinics in 2021. Rabies is a virus that attacks the central nervous system. It is transmitted from infected mammals to humans and is fatal once symptoms appear. Symptoms of rabies include unusual behavior, irritability, headache, fever, inability to eat or drink, balance problems, circling, seizures, coma, and, finally, death. All warm-blooded mammals, including humans, are susceptible to rabies.

In 2020, MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 1,599 household pets.

To learn more about our program, visit Disease Control 

A Rabies Quarantine Fact Sheet is available through the Alabama Department of Public Health at www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/assets/RabiesQuarantineFactSheet.pdf.

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Sanitary Sewer Overflows reported by MAWSS because of heavy rains

April 26, 2021

Sanitary Sewer Overflows reported by MAWSS because of heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to Sanitary Sewer Overflows in the Mobile area April 24. Sewer overflows occur when heavy rain infiltrates aging sewer lines. MAWSS is addressing overflows with capital projects.

LocationEstimated GallonsReceiving Water
Conti St. @ Demouy Ave.Evidence only of SSOEslava Creek
1050 Lubel Ave.1,215Three Mile Creek

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for the Mobile County Health Department, 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 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.

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Chickasaw reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

April 26, 2021

Chickasaw reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — The Utilities Board of the City of Chickasaw experienced a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) on April 24. This occurred when a generator failed to start. The overflow was at 165 Teakwood Drive. The estimated volume lost 3,500 gallons. The overflow reached a drainage ditch that empties into Gum Tree 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 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 Gum Tree Branch 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. -30-

Prichard reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

April 26, 2021

Prichard reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer responded to numerous Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) caused by heavy rains. Some of these overflows began on April 24 and some of them did not end until April 26. The nearest manhole locations, estimated amounts and receiving waters are listed below:

LocationEstimated GallonsReceiving Water
Martha Ave. @ Old Citronelle Hwy.less than 1,000Gum Tree Branch
211 Patricia Ave.more than 1,000/less than 10,000Gum Tree Branch
830 Strauss Ave.more than 1,000/less than 10,000Toulmins Spring Branch
823 College St.more than 1,000/less than 10,000Toulmins Spring Branch
705 Sample St.more than 1,000/less than 10,000Toulmins Spring Branch
Prichard Ave. @ Newsome Ave.more than 1,000/less than 10,000Toulmins 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 Gum Tree Branch, Toulmins Spring Branch, 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.

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Saraland reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

April 26, 2021

Saraland reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Saraland Water and Sewer Service has reported a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred on April 24 at 814 Deer Run Avenue. Officials said the SSO occurred after a strong storm knocked out power to the Deer Run Lift Station. An estimated 2,000 gallons overflowed into a drainage ditch that leads to Bayou Sara. 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. Area residents should take precautions when using Bayou Sara 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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MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

April 23, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Alabama — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on April 23 at 2107 Grove Court. Approximately 400 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Dog River as a result of a bypass hose failure. MAWSS crews have made repairs and are taking further steps to prevent future 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.

Area residents should take precautions when using Dog River for recreational purposes because of the 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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MCHD supports annual Take Back Day for prescription drugs

April 21, 2021

MCHD supports annual Take Back Day for prescription drugs

MOBILE, Ala. — With opioid overdose deaths increasing during the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration announces its 20th annual Take Back Day is scheduled for April 24. At its last Take Back Day in October, DEA collected a record-high amount of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications, with the public turning in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs. The DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs.

With studies indicating a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, clearing out unused medicine is essential. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 83,544 Americans overdosing during the 12-month period ending July 1, 2020, the most ever recorded in a 12-month period. The increase in drug overdose deaths appeared to begin prior to the COVID-19 health emergency but accelerated significantly during the first months of the pandemic.

The public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications at collection sites which will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations in order to maintain the safety of all participants and local law enforcement. According to the DEA, the Mobile Police Department will provide a drop-off location at its headquarters (2460 Government Street in Mobile). The Mobile County Sheriff’s Department will have drop-off locations at Costco (1450 Tingle Circle East in Mobile), Walgreens #15151 (5707 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile), CVS #4888 (4453 Old Shell Road in Mobile), Walgreens #10851 (6395 Airport Blvd. in Mobile), CVS #7671 (1401 Hillcrest Road in Mobile), and its South Side Location (5808 U.S. 90 in Theodore). Medications can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted. DEA will continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges at its drop off locations provided lithium batteries are removed. Learn more about the event at www.deatakeback.com, or by calling 800-882-9539.

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