Bayou La Batre residents advised to wash hands, avoid standing water after sewer overflow

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Mobile County Health officials are asking Bayou La Batre residents near a sanitary sewer overflow to take precautions.

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According to a press release from MCHD, the Utilities Board of the City of Bayou La Batre reported the overflow that occurred at 13300 Rasmussen Street on May 8.


Officials said a broken abandoned sewer lateral caused “less than 1,000 gallons” of wastewater to discharge. Some of the discharge reached Carls Creek, according to the release.

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Health officials with Mobile County advise that residents take precautions when coming into contact with standing water that could have accumulated from the overflow.

“Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly,” the release said. “Area residents should take precautions when using Carls Creek for recreational purposes because of these overflows.

“All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash their hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.”

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