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Monsoon rains in Dallas overflow the city's sewers

Monsoon rains in Dallas overflow the city's sewers

Downtown Dallas behind flooded Trinity River
The city's sewers are saying, enough with the rain. Photo by Scot Miller

After the monsoon-like rain that has besieged Dallas for days, the city's sewers are saying uncle.

Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) reports that the heavy rainfall has caused sanitary sewer overflows at several locations throughout the city. Three primary drainage basins exceeded 100,000 gallons.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requires the city of Dallas to notify the public and all appropriate government officials of any overflows that exceed 100,000 gallons in a single drainage basin.

DWU sssistant director Zachary Peoples stresses that none of the overflows of diluted wastewater have affected the city's water supply.

"The overflows were primarily caused by inflow and infiltration of storm water into the City of Dallas wastewater collection system," Peoples says in a release.

DWU crews are monitoring and performing cleanup at each overflow location. The full list of the individual overflow locations within the affected drainage basins is below.

Although there is no danger to the water supply, the public is reminded to avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in any of the affected areas.

If you come into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spills, bathe and wash your clothes thoroughly. If you use private drinking water supply wells located within half-mile of a spill site or within the potentially affected area, use water that has been distilled or boiled at a rolling boil for at least one minute for all personal uses including drinking, cooking, bathing, and tooth brushing.

If you have a private water well, you should have your water tested and disinfected, if necessary, prior to discontinuing distillation or boiling.

If you purchase water from a public water supply, contact your water supply distributor to determine if the water is safe for personal use.

The list below shows the location, the basin, and the volume in gallons:

2871 Peary Ave., S. White Rock 6,320
6021 Scyene Rd., Lower White Rock Rlf 7,425
6029 Hollis Ave., Lower White Rock 4,120
6800 Valley Glen, Lower White Rock 30,745
2874 Frost Av., S. White Rock 7,200
2208 Winsted Dr., Central White Rock 13,545
8000 Barbaree Blvd., Lower White Rock 25,520
8158 Barbaree Blvd., Lower White Rock 21,300
700 Pentagon Pkwy., Lower Five Mile 22,330
723 Pentagon Pkwy., Lower Five Mile 18,912
719 Pentagon Pkwy., Lower Five Mile 18,880
4600 Marsalis Ave., Lower Five Mile 12,882
700 Five Mile Pkwy., Lower Five Mile 25,850
710 Five Mile Pkwy., Lower Five Mile 5,865
800 Five Mile Pkwy., Lower Five Mile 2,344
805 Five Mile Pkwy., Lower Five Mile 11,700
1300 Bar Harbor Dr., Woody Branch 3,900
8828 N. Stemmons, East Bank 10,248
1676 Regal Row, East Bank 48,289
1720 Regal Row, East Bank 47,773
1750 Regal Row, East Bank 31,284
4323 Hopkins Ln., Knights Branch 6,576
7707 Taos Rd. East Bank 6,438
7607 Taos Rd., East Bank 6,438
4900 Forest Ln., Bachman Relief #2 7,362
2700 Electronic Ln., Shady Trail 6,282
1707 Inwood Rd., East Bank 5,862
1400 Viceroy Dr., East Bank 5,772
4969 Nashwood Ln., Bachman Relief #2 8,400