Fort Lauderdale

Crews Respond to 2 New Sewer Main Breaks in Fort Lauderdale

These bring up the total number of spills to six since December 10.

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Crews are responding to two new sewer main breaks Monday in Fort Lauderdale, according to city officials.

The sewer main breaks are affecting the areas of Northeast 5th Street near Northeast 16th Avenue in Victoria Park, as well as at Northeast 36th Street east of Bayview Drive in Coral Ridge Country Club Estates.

The break at Victoria Park happened to the same 16-inch pipe that broke on Friday. The current break is located east of the earlier break. Pump stations were shut off and the flow and discharge is no longer entering the street, officials said.

At Coral Ridge, crews are servicing a 12-inch sewer main break, officials said. Pump stations will service the area overnight and repair work will begin Tuesday.

Professional fisherman John Tedder said he got sick while fishing in local waterways due to the sewer main break. NBC 6's Andrea Martinez reports.

Officials urged residents to avoid contact with standing water and for motorists to seek alternate routes.

These are just two of several sewer main breaks that have plagued residents in the city over the past month.

In an earlier update, city officials said asphalt work and road repairs were being performed Monday on Northeast 5th Street in Victoria Park, and that site restoration continued at Virginia Young Park. Clean-up was ongoing at Hector park, and more work continued at Himmarshee Canal.

Residents expressed their frustrations with the city Sunday, claiming that officials were not informing the public of the water quality in affected neighborhoods.

This is a developing story. Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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