April 1, 2022
Prichard updates report on Sanitary Sewer Overflows
MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board has reported on numerous Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) caused by heavy rains on March 30.
The initial two events that ended were reported on Thursday. These were at the intersection of Patricia Avenue and Whistler Street (29,000 estimated gallons) and at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Wood Street (26,000 estimated gallons). These overflows eventually reached Gumtree Branch.
Prichard officials announced this morning that the third SSO has now concluded. This took place at the intersection of Chin Street and Butts Street. The estimated volume lost was 288,000 gallons. This SSO eventually reached 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 Three Mile Creek and 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.