While the recent rains were a blessing for many in the area, they were not a blessing for the North Side Sewage Plant.
A pipe which runs to the plant broke after the rains and allowed sewage to flow into a creek which runs to the North Canadian River, eventually flowing to Lake Eufala.
Just south of Garretts Lake Road, the pipe was letting sewage into the creek for about two hours before a bypass was placed, which moved the sewage between pipes, therefore keeping it out of the creek, Interim Utilities Director Steve Nelms said.
The broken section of the pipe took about four days to fix, and the contractor only gave the patch about six months before it too would break, Nelms said.
After the pipe was patched, city crews went to the area and began clean up, Nelms said. Most of the clean up was completed, however a small area will need to be finished later this week or early next, he added.
Additionally, Nelms said he plans to request permission from the full city commission to go out for bids to replace the entire section of pipe, which he said was made of an “inferior” material.
If approved, the pipe will be replaced by another material which will better withstand the rain and inclement weather, Nelms said.