Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow from sinkhole

January 13, 2023

Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board has reported on a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that began on January 12 and was ongoing as of 3:30 p.m. on January 13. The SSO occurred at 1633 Wolf Ridge Road.

Officials say the cause is suspected to be a collapsed line in a sinkhole along the road right-of-way. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management is estimating the volume will be between 1,000 and 10,000 gallons. The ultimate destination is Gumtree 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 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 Gumtree 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.