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Power surge leads to sewage overflow on south side

Posted at 6:13 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 23:21:12-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A sewage leak near Cimarron and Yorktown reportedly was caused by a power surge which struck the Wooldridge lift station Friday.

The surge caused a water pump to burn out, said Corpus Christi City Manager Peter Zanoni, and sewage to be released in the neighborhood.

Zanoni said the pump malfunction led to a sewer line back-up, but that the lift station was expected to be operational by 7 p.m.

Two city crews equipped with specific trucks for sewage cleaning, called vactor trucks, are in the area cleaning the resulting mess residents said was flowing into neighborhood driveways and yards.

Residents said they first started noticing the sewage at 9 a.m.

Zanoni said they will continue to work until the mess has been cleaned properly, and that crews will also be in the area monitoring the lift station is functioning correctly operations.

The City of Corpus Christi indicated in a news release that two of the four pumps still are not working, and a bypass system is being installed to avoid another back-up.

Crews will in on-site to continue to monitor the throughout the evening to ensure wastewater is following correctly after the lift stations is operational.