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St. Petersburg's sewage system already running at capacity



ST. PETERSBURG — As Tropical Storm Hermine approaches the state, St. Petersburg officials said the city’s sewer system was running at capacity on Wednesday afternoon.

City officials said they've already started to divert sewage to the Albert Whitted treatment facility, which has a 3 million gallon storage capacity.

Mayor Rick Kriseman’s spokesman Ben Kirby said officials didn't know how much storage was left at the Albert Whitted facility as of 2 p.m.

The city said it has not spilled or discharged any sewage yet, Kirby, but “a lot more rain is on the way.”

Kirby said the city’s wholesale sewage customers — St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island and Gulfport — are also starting to struggle with their own sewage.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 2:58pm]


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