Prichard reports on several Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rain

August 22, 2022

Prichard reports on several Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rain

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board has reported on numerous Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) caused by heavy rains that started on August 21 and continued on August 22. Signs were placed at each location to notify the public of the hazard. The areas that have stopped will be disinfected.

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

Location                                                 Gallons                                    Receiving Water

Patricia Ave. @ Whistler St.                     96,000                                     Gumtree Branch

830 Strauss                                             81,000                                     Gumtree Branch

2408 Whistler St.                                     48,000                                     Gumtree Branch

Wood St. @ Dr. MLK Jr. Drive                Ongoing                                   Chickasaw Creek

Chin St. @ Butts St.                                 Ongoing                                   Three Mile 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 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, Chickasaw Creek, and Three Mile Creek  and 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.