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Oct 14, 2013 6:49 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

City: Grease Buildup Was the Cause of Saturday's Sewage Overflow

CORPUS CHRISTI - One Southside community was left in a stinky situation after sewage began seeping into their neighborhoods. It happened Saturday night when sewage began leaking out of five manholes in the neighborhoods along Cimarron and Yorktown.

The city says something like this unfortunately happens about once a year. I'm told grease caused this incident, and has likely caused a majority of the other incidents as well.

The city says to get to a wastewater treatment plant, wastewater has to travel through about three to four different pump stations. The pump station at Yorktown and Cimarron is where the trouble was. What happened is too much grease was in the system. The grease covered the sensors that tells the pumps when the station is full of wastewater. So, instead of pushing the stinky water to the next station, it stayed and overflowed.

"Even though it's brand new, it's vulnerable to certain things. And grease is one of them," said Facilities Superintendent Bob Carle.

Residents who had to deal with this stinky mess say that's no excuse. That if the city knew grease was an issue it should have kept an eye on it.

"They should have been monitoring that before, you know, it got to the point that it did to where it took four hours for them to completely clear it out and clean it out," said Jena Bowman.

Even though the city says it does check for grease on a monthly basis, it does plan on making sure this doesn't happen again.

"We're still reviewing exactly what happened and how it happened. We're looking at creating a backup system that might help prevent it in the future," said Carle.

City workers say they will be checking the pump station on Yorktown and Cimmaron every day for the next few weeks, until they feel comfortable this weekend's incident won't happen again. Workers also tell me you at home can help with their problem by not dumping grease down your drain.

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