June 23, 2021
Prichard reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains
MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer responded to numerous Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) on June 21-23.
Officials said the SSO’s were caused by heavy rainfall combined with infiltration that led to a hydraulic overload of the system. An overflow at the intersection of Chin and Butts streets is ongoing.
The nearest manhole locations, estimated amounts and receiving waters are listed below:
Location Estimated Gallons Receiving Water
1215 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. more than 50,000/less than 75,000 Chickasaw Creek
2408 Whistler Ave. more than 50,000/less than 75,000 Toulmins Spring Branch
830 Strauss Ave. more than 100,000/less than 250,000 Toulmins Spring Branch
823 College St. more than 100,000/less than 250,000 Toulmins Spring Branch
Prichard Ave. @ Newsome St. more than 100,000/less than 250,000 Toulmins Spring Branch
251 Patricia Ave. more than 100,000/less than 250,000 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 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 Chickasaw Creek, Gum Tree 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.