FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – There are two new sewer line breaks in Fort Lauderdale, marking the fifth and sixth breaches of that same sewer line system in the past few weeks.
One scene is a 16-inch pipe at NE 5th Street near 16th Avenue in Victoria Park, which had already suffered a break on Friday.
“We get relief for this one but and then the next one breaks. I told the guy don’t take the steam shovel away,” neighbor Walter Delaney said.
Delaney has lived in Victoria Park for 40 years. He said there was a sewage break five years ago. The longtime resident has never seen anything like the recent breaks.
“I think it’s fantastic. It has been almost two days without a sewer break,” Delaney said jokingly.
The other is at NE 36th Street east of Bayview Drive in Coral Ridge and that’s a 12-inch pipe.
The city is asking everyone to avoid these areas Monday night.
There have now been six breaks since December 10.
Neighbors are thankful for the quick response from crews.
“The guys are great. They work very hard. I’m very impressed how polite they are,” Delaney said.
Just days after Rio Vista was hit with a second leak, a 48-inch main broke in Beverly Heights.
Break number four happened in Victoria Park, with crews plugging the broken 16-inch pipe a couple of days later.
Residents have blamed the city’s poor infrastructure and years of neglect on 60-year-old pipes.
Sunday, residents held a community meeting about the ongoing problems. They were told the city will spend $600 million over the next five years to replace aging pipes.
Unfortunately, officials expects more breaks to happen.