Official: Repairs to broken sewage pipe expected overnight

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coli bacteria, executive said Wednesday. Robert Knecht, director of the Memphis Public Works Division, said the dept had been taking bids for a project to stabilize the area close the pipe before the 96-inch sewer line ruptured Thursday.

Official: Repairs to broken sewage pipe expected overnight

The public works dept in Memphis had identified erosion close a sewer line before it broke and began dumping fifty million gallons of untreated wastewater into a creek and a lake per day, leading to a massive fish murder and warnings of extremely high levels of the E. coli bacteria, executive said Wednesday.

Robert Knecht, director of the Memphis Public Works Division, said the dept had been taking bids for a project to stabilize the area close the pipe before the 96-inch sewer line ruptured Thursday.

Knecht said record rainfall amounts in March caused the soil to erode and an embankment to fail, leading to the sewer line break. The erosion was first identified sometime "after January," Knecht said. The bids were due Friday, he said.

"The impact was totally unforeseen and unexpected," Knecht said.

A bypass that'll stop the spill will be completed by midnight Wednesday, Knecht said.

The crack has sent millions of gallons of wastewater into Cypress Creek and adjoining McKellar Lake, which flows into the MS River. Ronne Adkins, a regional director of external affairs for the state environmental department, said there is number data showing if wastewater had entered the Mississippi.

"The MS River is high, so the water in the river is pushing back into McKellar Lake," Adkins said.

Executive declare the creek and lake aren't a drinking water source, but they're warning people to avert touching or fishing in the waters in both bodies of water. Tests indicate levels of E. coli up to three hundred times the recreational criteria for streams and up to five hundred eighty times the level for lakes, the TN Dept of Environment and Conservation said. The agency issued a temporary water contact advisory for the lake and creek, and sampling and tests will continue.

Executive declare they can't allow a timetable for when the creek and lake will be secure for people. Warning signs have been placed close the creek, and a marina on the lake is closed. People who live on houseboats on the lake also have been warned.

E. coli can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, pneumonia and other illnesses, according to the Centers for Sickness Control and Prevention'south website. Number one had reported health issues related to the leak as of Wednesday, officials said.

According to state environmental officials, more than 10.000 deceased fish have been documented and seventeen species of fish have been observed as being portion of the kill. However, wildlife officials haven't seen mass die-offs of birds, amphibians or plant-life, said Allen Pyburn, aquatic habitat biologist with the TN Wildlife Resources Agency.

John Rumpler, a senior attorney with Environment America, an environmental advocacy group, said he wasn't surprised that the leak has caused a fish murder and led to high levels of E. coli in the water.

"If I were a resident of a metro area that just had a fish murder that killed seventeen species of fish in a beloved local creek, I wouldn't necessity to go any further to declare this is an environmental disaster," Rumpler said.

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