Heavy rain causes sewer issues in Jefferson County

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Jefferson County officials say heavy rain earlier this week has caused more than 45 sewer overflows and 19 sewer backups into private buildings.

Deputy Director of the County’s environmental services department Daniel White tells Al.com (http://bit.ly/1qj7lXB ) the sewer line damage is similar to what the county saw during a flood in May of 2003.

Environmental Services Director David Denard says the department is still assessing the damage, and the large volume overflows may continue for several days.

Officials say employees are working to redirect sewage from a line in Hoover, and have temporarily repaired a manhole in Homewood that was in danger of overflowing.

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