La Crosse utility crews work to repair sewage main break on Mormon Coulee

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — La Crosse sanitary sewer crews are working to repair a force main break under Mormon Coulee Road near Broadview, according to a city news release that urges drivers to avoid southbound Mormon Coulee.
Force mains are underground pressurized pipes designed to move untreated sewage long distances, typically from a localized low point toward the waste water treatment plant.
Utility workers were conducting maintenance to inspect this force main Tuesday, in preparation for a permanent repair, when the pressurized pipe began leaking. The untreated sewage was forced to the surface and ran overland to storm sewer catch basins that drain to the Pammel Creek flood control diversion channel.
The leak has stopped and the sewage is contained for now.
To avoid potential contact with sewage, pedestrians should avoid the area around the intersection of Mormon Coulee Road and Broadview until further notice. The area is barricaded and construction crews are working to repair the line.
Residents also are asked to avoid contact with the water in Pammel Creek below Mormon Coulee Road. Sewage has been diverted and contained within the catch basin and will be pumped out, minimizing sewage entering the Pammel Creek channel.
Sanitary sewer utility crews and contractors will be working to repair the line as quickly as possible. Mormon Coulee Road near Broadview is restricted to one lane until repairs are complete.
Large machinery, deep holes and workers will be located close to the remaining driving lanes. Drivers should use caution and expect delays when driving through this area.