Rising water causes sewer problems in Grubbs

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GRUBBS, AR (KAIT)- Residents in the town of Grubbs are raising a stink after rising waters flood the city's sewer system. Now, citizens are being asked to stop flushing water down the drains. City officials say the sewer ponds are completely flooded, which has citizens forced to rely on the outhouse.

"No baths, no toilets, any convenience you can think of that requires a drain can't be used," said Grubbs Water Superintendent Allen Spradling. Sinks, dishwashers, showers are all off limits in the town of Grubbs. The culprit? Rising flood waters.

"The man holes flooded out. The lift stations flooded out. The pumps will not keep up with the constant flood waters," said Spradling.

Volunteers went door-to-door Tuesday notifying residents not to use their indoor plumbing to prevent any more water from going into the sewer system. Spradling says right now the water is being flushed out untreated.

"I have been in contact with ADEQ on this. They have been notified of the situation. They give us permits because there's nothing you can do about nature," said Spradling.

All the sewage is being pumped into the Cache River. For the time being, the city is doing what they can to help. Eleven porta-potties were brought in and scattered throughout town. "The Mayor and few people have campers that they are going to set up around town to allow people to use the showers," said Spradling.

Spradling just asks citizens to hang tight until the water recedes. Just south of Grubbs, citizens in Amagon stacked sandbags around the sewer system to try and prevent this same dilemma from happening to them. If you need to apply for disaster relief in Jackson county, call the E.M.A at (501) 683-6700.

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