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Rio Vista Sewage Leak Stopped; Work Continues At Himmarshee Canal

Susan Stocker
South Florida Sun Sentinel
A pair of sewage main breaks have been contained in Rio Vista. In the overnight hours, crews were able to activate a bypass line and sewage flow is no longer spilling into the neighborhood nor the Tarpon River.

Residents of the Rio Vista neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale woke up Wednesday to a much-anticipated holiday gift: The leak that has been pouring thousands of gallons of sewage every minute into the Tarpon River for more than two weeks has stopped.

City officials said that “during the overnight hours, crews were able to successfully activate a 36-inch bypass line. Sewage flow is now being diverted around the damaged section of the 54-inch pipe and is fully contained in the system.”

The bypass line is functioning properly, the wastewater collection system is back online, sewage is no longer spilling from the pipe and no discharge is going into the Tarpon River, city spokesman Chaz Adams said in an email.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.