Multiple sewers overflow in North Texas due to heavy rains

There are questions and calls for action after sewers have overflowed in several North Texas cities due to heavy rain over the weekend.

Several overflows in Dallas were so large they needed to be reported to state environmental officials and there are questions about whether Dallas promptly notified the public about its five most serious cases.

City officials said the sewage is highly diluted by the heavy rain that triggered the overflows.

Dallas had five overflows that exceeded the 100,000 gallon mark, including one on Barbaree Boulevard which was down to a trickle by Monday, but no public notice went out until late Monday morning.

Other locations were along Valley Glen Drive and Winstead Drive near White Rock Lake, Regal Row and E. Pentagon Parkway.

"Why did it take the City Manager's office three days to give us a memo on this? Why couldn't they have given us the straight poop right in the beginning,” said Dallas councilman Phillip Kingston.

Kingston has been campaigning for more public spending on improving the aging infrastructure that contributes to problems like overflows.

"You live in a city you don't expect to have raw sewage in your yard. That's kind of the deal we make as taxpayers. I pay my taxes you make sure sewage goes somewhere else,” Kingston said.

People in Fort Worth and Richardson were also dealing with the aftermath of sewer overflows.

Health officials said there is no concern about public drinking supplies and what comes out of the tap should be safe.

If you live in one of the areas where the sewers have overflowed and you have a private water supply, you need to boil your water.

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