Heavy rain leads to sewage overflows in Largo
LARGO — Untreated sewage is overflowing from several manholes around the city as a low-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico continues to dump rain on the Tampa Bay area.
The overflows began on Sunday afternoon at manholes on Donegan Road and at Gulf Lake Condominiums and on Monday morning at Fifth Avenue NE near City Hall and Country Club Drive, according to a city report.
It is unclear how much sewage is spewing out of the holes and making its way to Long Bayou. Workers will start to calculate the totals when the weather clears up, said Vivian Gleaves, Largo’s environmental manager.
The city made adjustments to speed up wastewater transport from around the city to the treatment facility on 150th Avenue N. The flow increase, coupled with an ongoing project to change the way the plant disinfects water, has forced the facility to pump water into Cross Bayou Canal that has not been dechlorinated. The chlorine levels are low enough that harm to the environment isn’t anticipated.