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City, agencies respond after sewage leaks from plant
A vacuum truck from the San Antonio River Authority is used March 16 to remove raw sewage that spilled into Lodi Creek near Canta Rana Park in Floresville.
FLORESVILLE -- Officials here are cooperating with both the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in the aftermath of an overflow March 15 at the city’s wastewater treatment plant on Goliad Road in Floresville.
Floresville City Manager Henrietta Turner said that an alarm sounded at the plant at approximately 7:30 p.m. A generator and battery backup failed following a brief power outage, resulting in a pump shutting down. This caused raw sewage to overflow from the plant and into Lodi Creek. Wastewater also escaped out of a manhole on Goliad Road.
Turner said an electrician who responded was on the scene making repairs until 2 a.m. March 16. Ten hours later, two SARA workers responded with a vacuum truck to aid city workers in the cleanup effort. The Floresville Volunteer Fire Department and Wilson County Pct. 1 Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. also assisted.
“According to the City of Floresville, about 1,500 to 2,000 gallons spilled into the creek,” said SARA spokesman Gloria Rivera Rodriguez. “SARA staff pumped out about 20,000 gallons -- mostly rain water -- of the sewage mixed with rainwater that was in the creek.”
Since the Lodi Creek usually is dry, no fish were killed and none of the sewage made it to the nearby San Antonio River, according to Rodriguez.
Cleanup continued throughout the week, Turner said, and TCEQ is conducting an investigation.
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