Waco city officials reported late Sunday that rain in the past few days caused a 700,000-gallon wastewater overflow at various locations.
A release by city spokesman Larry Holze said water had welled up from manholes at 916 N. Valley Mills Drive, 1100 University Parks Drive and 2900 Maple Hill Circle starting at 10:15 p.m. Saturday. It said discharges continued about 6 p.m. Sunday.
Crews worked through the night and continue to work to contain and disinfect the discharges, it said.
“We do not have any reason to believe drinking water has been tainted or compromised in any way,” Holze said, emphasizing that no boil-water notice was being issued. “The city of Waco drinking water system is completely separate from the wastewater collection system and has not been affected.”
Waco Regional Airport recorded 3.09 inches of rainfall from noon Thursday to 7 p.m. Sunday, meteorologist Jamie Gudmestad of the National Weather Service in Fort Worth said. The total included .5 inch Sunday alone. She said the 1.04 that fell Saturday was a record for Nov. 28.
She said emergency personnel around Dallas and Fort Worth were still performing high-water rescues from torrential rains that had taken at least three lives around that area.
Sheriff’s offices and police around Central Texas did not report any road closings or other trouble caused by the weather other than wet roads contributing to traffic congestion at the end of the holiday weekend.
The NWS forecast calls for chances for rain to drop to 20 percent Monday with little chance the rest of the week, but lows should drop to the 30s without dipping below freezing with daytime highs in the 50s.