Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains 5-15-24

May 15, 2024

Prichard reports on several Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board has reported on Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) that began on May 14. One did not conclude until today. Heavy rains were the cause of the SSO’s.

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

LocationEstimated GallonsReceiving Water
218 Patricia Ave.153,400Gum Tree Branch
2407 Whistler St.134,225Gum Tree Branch
N. Bessemer Ct. & Whistler St.210,925Gum Tree Branch
1300 N. MLK Dr.43,375Chickasaw Creek
830 Strauss Ave.89,700Toulmins Spring Branch
First Ave. & Owens St.90,600Toulmins Spring Branch
824 E. Seminary St.54,975Toulmins Spring Branch
823 N. College St.90,300Toulmins Spring Branch
705 Sample St.90,450Toulmins Spring Branch
1205 W. Highland St.181,800Toulmins Spring Branch
798 W. Highland St.249,650Toulmins Spring Branch

Dr. Kevin Philip 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 Gum Tree Branch, Chickasaw Creek, 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 their hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.