Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

July 21, 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 stopped on July 20 at approximately 10 p.m.

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

Location                                              Estimated Gallons                               Receiving Water

Patricia St. @ Whistler St.                     120,000                                                 Gumtree Branch

N. Bessemer Ct. @ Whistler St.           42,000                                              Gumtree Branch

Dr. MLK Jr. Dr. @ Wood St.                 21,000                                                 Gumtree Branch

1205 N. Prichard Ave.                            72,000                                                 Toulmins Spring Branch

821 N. College St.                                    72,000                                                 Toulmins Spring Branch

705 Sample St.                                         63,000                                                 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 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.