Fort Lauderdale

126 Million Gallons of Sewage Spilled in Fort Lauderdale Neighborhoods: Report

The report shows the bulk of the damage was done in the Rio Vista neighborhood

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A combined 126 million gallons of sewage spilled onto the streets of Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods after six sewer main breaks plagued the area in December, according to a report released by city officials Monday.

The report shows the bulk of the damage was done in the Rio Vista neighborhood, where nearly 113 million gallons spilled in the incidents that began on Dec. 10.

In the neighborhood's Hector Park, 35.4 million gallons of sewage was discharged, while Virginia Young Park dealt with 77.57 million gallons, the report said.

Officials also reported that 13.70 million gallons of sewage was discharged into the Himmarshee canal on Dec. 21. A waterway advisory remains in effect for the body of water.

The sewer main breaks have since been repaired, as city officials focus on replacing the pipes that ruptured in Victoria Park.

The city says it will submit the full report to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Broward County.

The full 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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