Sewage spills into creek trib­u­tary

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — ASHER PRICE, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF —MARY ANN ROSER, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF

Roughly 100,000 gal­lons of sewage spilled from a man­hole in south­east Austin on Tues­day evening and made its way into a trib­u­tary of Wil­liamson Creek, a spokesman for the Austin Water Util­ity an­nounced on Wed­nes­day.

Of­fi­cials said res­i­dents near the 6000 block of Wagon Bend Trail, just south­east of the in­ter­sec­tion of In­ter­state 35 and East Stass­ney Lane, should avoid the creek and its trib­u­taries.

Ja­son Hill, a spokesman for the util­ity, said tree roots grow­ing through a man­hole cover and waste­water line had caused the backup and over­flow of the sewage.

On Wed­nes­day he said crews were work­ing to clean up as much of the sewage as pos­si­ble. Pub­lic drink­ing water sup­plies were not af­fected, he said.

The Austin school district is invit­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers to learn about and give feed­back on pro­posed fa­cil­ity rec­om­men­da­tions for its fine arts pro­gram.

The district will col­lect feed­back at a meet­ing at 6:30 p.m. Thurs­day at Bowie High School, 4103 Slaugh­ter Lane.

Se­ton South­west Hospi­tal at 7900 FM 1826 will cel­e­brate the open­ing of an ex­panded ma­ter­nity area and other im­prove­ments to­tal­ing $8.2 mil­lion at 11 a.m. Thurs­day. The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend the ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony and tour the im­proved ar­eas.

The ex­pan­sion features a new la­bor and de­liv­ery wing, in­clud­ing a neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit.

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