FL town fighting raw sewage

Workers unable to stop sewage from flowing onto city streets

HOLLYWOOD, FL (UPI) | November 18, 2011

Workers have not been able to stop thousands of gallons of raw sewage from flowing onto Hollywood, Fla., streets, officials said Thursday.

City spokeswoman Raelin Storey said the city will likely face fines from the Environmental Protection Agency, but workers have been unable to stop the flow of sewage and it "has to go somewhere," The Miami Herald reported.

"We have no choice," Storey said, adding it could take up to 48 hours to fix a break in a sewer line. The break happened around 8 a.m. Wednesday while construction crews were working on another sewer line.

Storey said added pressure on the line caused it to break, sending raw sewage into Hollywood streets.

"We are doing whatever we can to get this under control as soon as possible," said Storey, adding that crews were spreading granulated chlorine to help reduce the smell of sewage in the area.

Once the line is fixed, the city will work with homeowners to clean their yards and disinfect the area, Storey said.

Until then, the city has asked Hollywood Hills residents to take shorter showers and to avoid unnecessary toilet flushing, laundry and dishwashing to reduce the flow.

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