Prichard Water Works & Sewer responded to several sanitary sewer overflows on June 12. The overflows, which were the results of heavy rains combined with inflow and infiltration, have now ceased. The nearest manhole location, estimated amount and receiving water is listed below:
- 211 Patricia Street - 36,000 gallons - Gum Tree Branch
- 823 College Street - 16,200 gallons - Gum Tree Branch
- Prichard Avenue at Newsome Street - 14,400 gallons - Gum Tree Branch
- 830 Strauss Avenue - 12,000 gallons - Gum Tree Branch
- 1206 Craft Highway - 6,750 gallons - Gum Tree Branch
- 2516 N. Bessemer Court - 6,000 gallons - Gum Tree Branch
- 359 W. Highland Drive - 1,500 gallons - Gum Tree Branch
- 2408 Whistler Street - 1,200 gallons - Gum Tree Branch
Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for the Mobile County Health Department, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. 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 for recreational purposes because of the overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.