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Sewer break closes part of Mormon Coulee Road

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – A sewer main break on the south side of La Crosse spills untreated sewage on the surface for the second time in less than a month.

Jared Greeno, Wastewater Superintendent for the City of La Crosse said crews are working to repair the break of force mains under Mormon Coulee Road near Broadview Place.

Force mains are pressurized underground pipes designed to move untreated sewage long distances.

When the pipe broke Monday morning, the untreated sewage was forced to the surface and ran overland to storm sewer catch basins that drain to the Pammel Creek flood control diversion channel according to Greeno.

People are asked to avoid contact with the water in Pammel Creek below Mormon Coulee Road. The city says until the repairs are finished, sewage continues to flow into the creek.

They ask pedestrians to avoid the area around Mormon Coulee and Broadview until further notice. The area is barricaded off around the repair area.

Southbound Mormon Coulee Road near Broadview is down to one lane as crews make repairs. Greeno says the one lane restriction is in place until repairs are complete. Drivers are asked to avoid that area if possible. Drivers should expect traffic delays due to the work if they do have to go through the area.

The first force main break happened on March 13.

Kevin Millard

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