St. Pete has small sewage spill, handling large volumes from beach towns (w/video)
A small sewage spill near the children's playground at Clam Bayou Park occurred around 12 p.m.
A pump truck was called to handle the overflow and the city was diverting sewage into storage tanks at a shuttered sewar plant at Albert Whitted Airport and its Southwest wastewater treatment plant.
Public Works Administrator Claude Tankersley estimated the spill to be somewhere around 1.500 gallons after a manhole cover popped.
The city also processes sewage for Gulfport, Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach, which further strains St. Petersburg's aging sewer system.
During heavy rains, rainwater often intrudes into leaky aging pipes in St. Petersburg and its neighboring cities.
St. Pete Beach Mayor Maria Lowe asked residents to stop using toilet Tuesday morning because the city's sewer system was operating at capacity.