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Another Sewer Main Break In Fort Lauderdale

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JOE CAVARETTA / SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL

City crews are on the scene of another sewer line break in Fort Lauderdale, officials said Monday.

Initial reports indicate the break happened in a 14-inch sewer line in the parking lot area of George English Park, 1101 Bayview Dr., city spokesman Chaz Adams said in an email. The line that broke is connected to a nearby pumping station.

Because of the latest break, Bayview Drive is closed north of Sunrise Boulevard. Police are at the scene directing traffic.

Daniel A. Varela / Miami Herald

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is imposing a nearly $1.8 million fine on the City of Fort Lauderdale for the more than 200 million gallons of sewage spilled since December last year. 

That announcement came just hours after a Tuesday meeting where Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners were briefed about their options to seek state and federal dollars to fix the city's deteriorating sewage infrastructure. 

Pipe Breaks Still Haunting Fort Lauderdale. This Time It’s A Water Main.

Feb 10, 2020
Joe Cavaretta / Sun Sentinel

Residents in two Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods are being told to boil their tap water after yet another pipe break.

It’s the latest one to haunt Fort Lauderdale, a city scrambling to fix a crumbling network of underground water and sewer pipes after years of neglect.

This time, a water main ruptured under the south fork of the New River on Saturday, forcing the city to issue yet another boil-water order.

Michael Laughlin / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The building boom in full swing in Fort Lauderdale might just hit a wall as city leaders struggle to contain a never-ending series of sewer pipe breaks.

Critics of the city’s ongoing development spurt have been calling for a moratorium for years. Developers have been just as outspoken in opposing what they call a drastic measure that would have dire effects on the city’s tax base.

Pipe-break City: Fort Lauderdale Works To Fix Three Broken Pipes Today

Feb 3, 2020
Fort Lauderdale sewage
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale, a city with water and sewer lines old enough to crack and crumble, was dealing with a trifecta of pipe breaks on Monday.

Sewage Spilling To Middle River After Another Pipe Break In Fort Lauderdale

Jan 30, 2020
Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Fort Lauderdale’s sewage problems continue to worsen with the city’s first pipe break of 2020.

Broken Water Main Brings Flooding And Boil Water Notice To Victoria Park

Jan 16, 2020
Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Crews in Fort Lauderdale are working to repair a pipe break for the seventh time in the last month — but at least this time it isn’t sewage flooding the streets.

A contractor working in the area of Northeast Fourth Street and Seventh Avenue struck a 12-inch water main on Wednesday afternoon, which sent water flooding the streets of Victoria Park.

The City of Fort Lauderdale issued a precautionary boil water notice effective immediately to the properties in Northeast Second Street to Northeast Fifth Street between Northeast Seventh Avenue and Northeast Ninth Avenue.

Fort Lauderdale sewage
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

People were eager to hear Fort Lauderdale leaders' action plans in the aftermath of last month's sewage spills.  

City Mayor Dean Trantalis addressed more than 255 people in city hall during a town hall Thursday night. 

The topic: aging infrastructure and sewage. 

"I'm looking to see they have a plan in the first place and that the plan is solid," resident Juliette Rocque said. 

 

Sea Rise Is Making Fort Lauderdale's Sewage Leaks Worse

Jan 9, 2020
Daniel A. Varela / Miami Herald

Fort Lauderdale is soaked in waste after six sewage spills from decaying pipes dumped more than 126 million gallons of raw sewage directly into nearby rivers and canals over the last few weeks. That’s about the volume of 191 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

But something important has been lost in the stinking mess: Most of it isn’t actually poop or other flushed stuff. More than half of the volume flowing through the city’s crumbling sewage infrastructure is actually groundwater seeping in through the many, many cracks and holes in the aging system.

Fort Lauderdale
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners voted unanimously to spend $65 million to replace part of the sewer main that broke repeatedly last month, leaving streets, yards and waterways contaminated over the holidays.

The new sewer main will run 7.5 miles underground and take 16 to 18 months to install.

JOSE JIMNEZ-TIRADO FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

On this Tuesday, Jan. 7, episode of Sundial:

Puerto Rico Earthquakes

Puerto Rico's governor, Wanda Vázquez, has declared a state of emergency after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the island early this morning. The earthquake was followed by an aftershock measuring 6.0. 


Susan Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The staggering number of sewer main breaks that hit Fort Lauderdale in December turned into one of South Florida’s biggest sewage spills ever: 126.9 million gallons.

That’s a mind-numbing amount of human waste, enough to fill 192 Olympic-sized pools. Some of it wound up in streets, parks and lawns, but the bulk of it wound up in the Tarpon River, where it was pumped to keep sewage from seeping into homes.

Fort Lauderdale Sewage
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale residents are gearing up to demonstrate on land and water next weekend, to call on city leaders to take action to fix unreliable sewage infrastructure. 

MIKE STOCKER / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The toxic stew that’s been bubbling up on the thoroughfares of Fort Lauderdale is more than just a noxious, stinking mess.

It can kill you. Chances are it won’t, but the bacteria, parasites and viruses stirring in that toxic stew can still make you very sick, experts warn.

Hundreds of residents have been forced to watch their step as toxic sludge seeped from six sewer main breaks in Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods from Rio Vista to Victoria Park and Coral Ridge.

This Time It’s Two: More Sewer Pipes Break In Fort Lauderdale

Dec 31, 2019
(Jennifer Lett / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Fort Lauderdale residents just can’t catch a break with their sewage woes, with two more pipes breaking in the city Monday.

That makes six pipes that have ruptured in the city in December.

The recent rash of sewer breaks is going to force the city to move faster on fixing its aging water and sewer pipes, said Commissioner Heather Moraitis, who represents the Coral Ridge area. “We just need to double up our efforts, if not triple up our efforts — if that’s possible,” Moraitis said.

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