WAXAHACHIE — According to a press release issued Tuesday morning, the City of Waxahachie experienced a sanitary sewer system overflow (SSO) situation from its domestic wastewater collection system on Monday, Feb. 20. The city press release estimates the spill began at approximately 11:05 a.m. and ended later the same day at about 5:50 p.m.

The release states that the estimated 121,500 gallons of wastewater overflow originated from two manholes along the Grove Creek Trunk Sewer line in a field behind 216 Oak Creek Grove.

"Two manholes were observed overflowing with the runoff going into the nearby Grove Creek waterway," the release explains. "The downstream areas that were checked for impact included Grove Creek from the overflow site, downstream, approximately 2.5 miles to the community of Ike. Field sampling was performed and laboratory samples collected. Observation of the creek from utility staff and field sample results did not indicate any adverse impact to the receiving stream.

"Grove Creek had an increased stormwater runoff flow from the 1.5 to nearly 2.0 inches of rainfall received within a six-hour period from the early morning rain event that helps dilute the overflow. The cause of the overflow was contributed to the loss of electrical power to the downstream Grove Creek Sewer Lift Station as a result of a motor vehicle accident that damaged an Oncor electric delivery power pole and electrical lines. Utility crews performed cleanup activities in the area of the spill."

For information on the spill, contact David Bailey, Director of Utilities, City of Waxahachie at (469) 309-4321 or dbailey@waxahachie.com.