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Downpours from Tropical Storm Hermine wreak havoc on Largo sewer system, official says



LARGO — Just as Tropical Depression 9 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Hermine on Wednesday, a Largo official called the city’s sewer system “the worst that anybody’s seen it.”

Todd Tanberg, assistant environmental services director, said manholes all over the city, especially on the western end, were spewing sewage. The wastewater treatment plant off 150th Avenue N also began dumping water into Cross Bayou that had not been dechlorinated.

“The system is surcharged, manholes are going over, pump stations can't keep up with the flow,” he said. “It’s a mess.”

Conditions are expected to worsen tomorrow as the storm pushes closer to land. Tanberg said the city is going to use a new pumping station to speed up water flow to the plant. The station has never been used before, so it’s unclear what impact it will have on plant operations.

The city is asking residents to limit water usage. They can call the environmental services department at (727) 507-4460 to report overflows.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 2:47pm]


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