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A weak cold front will work into the area later tonight with a chance of rain. Chance of rain into early Sunday as well. Best instabilities are to our southwest and thats where the heaviest rains will be. A little cooler tonight into Sunday with mostly cloudy skies. Upper Low will cross the region Monday night into early Tuesday with ...
Heavy rains cause sewer problems
BEAUMONT - by Lauren Huet
Not only did the heavy rain flood streets and stall cars, it also stopped some people's toilets from working. Beaumont's Water and Sewage Department received more calls than usual Thursday, reporting sewer blockages. The Water Administration Director, Dr. Hani Tohme, says they usually receive more calls during heavy rains.
"Well, what happens when it rains is the storm water infiltrates into the sewer collection system and that fills it up with storm water instead of the sewage it was designed to support," said Dr. Tohme. "And that, in certain areas, causes problems to our customers, because they can't flush their commodes because the system is already so charged with storm water."
He says the city has improved the sewer collection system since 2006 by replacing 75 miles of sewer lines, 6,200 service lines, and replacing and rehabilitating 1,650 manholes. Dr. Tohme says the Water and Sewage Department also cleans 70 miles of pipe every year.
"The waste water treatment plant in '06 used to suffer severely during 1 to 2 inch rain events," said Dr. Tohme. "Today we can get a 4 to 6 inch rain event and the plant will operate normally without suffering and without backing the system up."
Dr. Tohme says these improvements have reduced the number of calls reporting sewer blockages by 40 percent.
"In '06 we had about 86 overflows in the collection system, this year, so far, we only have 19," said Dr. Tohme.
If your toilet is blocked, call 3-1-1.