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La Crosse River gets sewage overflow

Brad Williams

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City crews in La Crosse had to shut off a broken sewer main on Saturday, after about 42-thousand gallons of untreated sewage spilled into the La Crosse River. 

The pressurized pipe reportedly broke on Saturday morning, and the flow of sewage was noticed later in the day by a person walking near the river at Riverside Park. 

Permanent repairs to the broken main could be made this week.  

The city estimates that the break occurred early Saturday morning, and was discovered around noon.  

The break was shut off within about three hours. 

La Crosse’s board of public works could discuss the emergency at its regular weekly meeting on Monday.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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