Bursting pipes spill 126.8 million gallons of sewage, Fort Lauderdale officials report

Raw sewage seen on a Fort Lauderdale street just outside of a home in the 1600 block of Northeast Fifth Street. (WPLG)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The recent six sewage spills in Fort Lauderdale discharged about 126.8 million gallons of wastewater, city officials reported on Monday afternoon.

According to the city’s report to county and state authorities, the Dec. 10 and Dec. 20 main breaks in Rio Vista spilled nearly 113 million gallons of sewage. About 35.4 million gallons were in the Hector Park area and 77.5 million gallons were in the Virginia Young Park area.

Authorities also reported there were 13.7 million gallons spilled in the Himmarshee Canal during two main breaks on Dec. 21, and there were nearly 200,000 gallons of sewage in the Victoria Park neighborhood during the Dec. 27 and Dec. 30 spills.

According to Adams Chaz, a spokesman for the city, water-related activities remain dangerous in the Himmarshee Canal.

The Dec. 30 main break at the Coral Ridge Country Club Estates resulted in 8,075 gallons of sewage, according to the report.

The city is required to report the final estimated spill volumes to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection by Jan. 10, according to Jon W. Moore, a spokesman for FDEP.

The report

- Rio Vista/Hector Park (1000 block Ponce De Leon Dr. – Dec. 10, 2019): 35.40 million gallons

- Rio Vista/Virginia Young Park (900 block SE 10 St. – Dec. 20, 2019): 77.57 million gallons

- Himmarshee Canal (SE 2 St. and SE 9 Ave. – Dec. 21, 2019): 13.70 million gallons (combined discharges)

- Victoria Park (1600 block NE 5 St – Dec. 27, 2019): 154,600 gallons

- Victoria Park (1600 block NE 5 St. – Dec. 30, 2019): 44,620 gallons

- Coral Ridge Country Club Estates (2800 block NE 36 St. – Dec. 30, 2019): 8,075 gallons

Total: 126,877,295 million gallons

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