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Cities Swimming in Raw Sewage as Hurricanes Overwhelm Systems – Bloomberg

Posted by | September 13, 2017 | Uncategorized

Submerged residences in Fort Myers, Florida.Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Hurricane Harvey took aim at one of the nation’s most industrial regions, releasing a stream of toxic pollutants from chemical plants, refineries and Superfund sites in Texas. But when its bigger sister Irma slammed into Florida, environmental alarms rang over a different kind of discharge: raw sewage. Millions of gallons of poorly treated wastewater and raw sewage flowed into the bays, canals and city streets of Florida from facilities serving some of the nation’s fastest-growing counties. More than 9 million gallons of releases tied to Irma have been reported as of late Tuesday as inundated plants were submerged, forced to bypass treatment or lost power.   Read more…

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