Raw sewage leaks into Little Wekiva River



ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - It might be a good idea to stay out of the Little Wekiva River in Altamonte Springs for now.

A sewer main buried underneath the river burst, leaking 70,000 gallons of raw sewage into the river.

A temporary fix is keeping millions of gallons more from leaking into water where people swim and fish.

Until tests come back, residents are being warned not to swim or fish in the Little Wekiva River.

Signs posted up and down the river warn residents about what may be in the water.

The city discovered a leak in its sewer main on Friday after people called in, complaining about the foul smell.

"Eggs. Rotten eggs. It just smelled disgusting," Altamonte Springs resident Denise O'Masta said.

The city had to reroute the flow of sewage into 19 tanker trucks.

It took them almost two days to haul off 1.6 million gallons of wastewater while crews put the temporary bypass in place.

This was a $200,000 fix to a problem they believe was caused by pressure from shifting soil on top of the sewer main.

"We really didn't have a choice; we were looking at public safety, we wanted to make sure we continue to protect the environment," said Ed Torres, director of public works.

City officials think there's been enough rain to clear the sewage from the water but the latest tests show it's still too dangerous for people.

City officials said even when they fix the problem, their work isn't done. They said they plan to check the entire length of the sewer line to make sure that doesn't happen again.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is monitoring the situation.