Published: Feb 05, 2011 12:07 AM EST
Updated: Feb 04, 2011 9:08 PM EST

CAPE CORAL- City crews with the Cape Coral Utilities’ Collection and Distribution Section have just completed repairing the break in a sewer force main at Chiquita Boulevard and SW 30th Street.  The break was reported just before 10 a.m. today and was caused by a contractor working in the area.
City workers did an excellent job making the necessary repairs and limiting the amount of sewage spilled in the area.  Crews had to dig down 12 feet to reach the 12-inch force main pipe, and had to use vacuum trucks to continually pump seeping groundwater from the work area.  Workers found that the contractor had punched a 2-inch hole in the force main. 
Crews are continuing the clean-up process.  Because some sewage seeped into the catch basin and entered a nearby canal through a stormwater pipe, the City hand-delivered 14 notices to the homeowners near the affected area.  The notices advise the residents to avoid the canal area until testing is completed. 
A preliminary estimate from the City crews indicates that about 900 gallons of sewage flowed through the break, and only about half of that total may have reached the catch basin.  The City has notified the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and will be completing a final report on the spill this weekend.