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Force main break at Cross Bayou (UPDATED)

Update to Force main failure at South Cross Bayou Water Reclamation Facility
Time: 4:05 p.m., Thursday 6/13/2013

Upon review of engineering plans of the South Cross facility, it was determined that the force main that failed was in fact a 42-inch main rather than a 30-inch. All flow has been contained and is no longer going to surface water. Work crews expect to have a by-pass main in full operation by Friday, June 14 so permanent repairs can begin on the 42-inch main.


A 30-inch force main at South Cross Bayou Water Reclamation Facility collapsed around noon today (Thurs. June 13) which resulted in raw sewage flowing into the plant’s stormwater basin. The spill overflowed the basin and entered Joe’s Creek.

Department of Environment and Infrastructure crews from maintenance and engineering are on site and a private contractor has been mobilized to assist with the repair.

Nearby residents are being advised to avoid swimming or other recreational use of Joe’s Creek until further notice.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been advised and additional information will be provided as soon as assessments from the field are received.