Update 3/18 4 p.m. – Bernard Lenz, La Crosse’s Utility Manager, said the sewer main break was repaired and clean up completed.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – A sewer main break on the south side of La Crosse spills untreated sewage on the surface.
Bernard Lenz, Utilities Manager 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 Wednesday evening, 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 Lenz.
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. With the heavy runoff, the sewage is getting diluted. Minimal environmental impact is expected according to the city.
They ask pedestrians to avoid the area around Mormon Coulee and Broadview until further notice. Southbound Mormon Coulee Road near Broadview is down to one lane as crews make repairs. 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.