Halloween rains merged 2 million gallons of sewage onto streets and into bayous

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HOUSTON, TX – If you live near Halls Bayou, White Oak Bayou, Buffalo Bayou, Brays Bayou, and Sims Bayou that stench you may have smelled over the weekend is exactly what you thought it was — sewage.

The 10 inches of Halloween rain didn`t just muck up trick or treating plans. They also mucked up our streets and bayous, too.   More than 2-million gallons of raw sewage is estimated to have surged into the bayou system, and onto our city streets.

City of Houston spokesperson Gary Norman says, “We had off the charts rain. And anytime you have that type of, and that intense of a rainfall in such a short period of time, you run the risk of having storm water flow into the sanitary sewer system, that’s not sealed.”

It`s a really stinky situation that the city says has been corrected.

“We respond to these things as soon as we can, just as soon as the weather will allow. We have vacuum trucks, we’ll go remove the comingled water, and then we can come in and disinfect, and wash down the streets.”




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