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August 1, 2013

Heavy rain collapses sewer pipe into Boggy Creek

ENID, Okla. — Several segments of a 36-inch sewer pipe collapsed into Boggy Creek because of recent rainfall and flooding, according to the city of Enid.

On Thursday, city spokesman Steve Kime said the pipe has been plugged and workers are re-routing the drainage to prevent additional spillage. Luckinbill Inc. is tasked with repairing the sewer drainage pipe.

Enid resident Andy Osburn said he and a friend were fishing and kayaking down Boggy Creek after heavy rain earlier this week and came across the sewer line.

“We smelled an awful stench,” he said. “You could tell it’s just raw sewage. There’s no mistaking that smell.”

Osburn described seeing the sewage spilling into the creek and several other utility lines exposed and protruding from the eroded bank. He also said there may have been a low-pressure line underwater because he saw gas or air bubbling to the top.

Osburn called the city to report the break, which was visible from the 10th Street bridge over Boggy Creek.

“I hate seeing our water get polluted around here,” he said.

In an email Thursday, Kime said water quality technicians will be taking samples of water.

Robert Camp, deputy director of Public Works, said the sewer line was not in the creek bed, but was buried beside the creek.

“Early assessment points to soil erosion along the creek bed, exposing deeply buried sewer line,” Camp said. “Years of erosion and recent heavy rains has expedited the erosion process and exposed the line.”

Boggy Creek flows eastward across Enid and crosses 10th just south of Garfield County Detention Center and Government Springs Park South.

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