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St. Petersburg "weathers" TS Emily

St. Petersburg, Fla. (July 31, 2017) -- Tropical Storm Emily sprang-up quickly overnight (early this morning) going form a broad area of "low pressure" to a Tropical Storm in a matter of hours.  It may have caught forecasters off guard, but it didn't surprise City of St,. Petersburg Water Resources and Stormwater workers. In fact, pro-active measures and hard work by staff alerted to the "potential" for the storm proved to be beneficial for residents and visitors as the city's infrastructure handled the inundation from the storm's heavy rainfall well.

The following is from Public Works Administrator Claude Tankersley:

"As of Monday afternoon, July 31, 2017, all plants have been able to operate without violations of our permits. In other words, we treated to reclaimed water standards and disposed through our reclaimed water disposal system."

"Peak flows appeared to be in the 100 MGD range. We will analyze SCADA data later to verify."

"I
have had a report of a minor manhole overflows due to partial line stoppage. It appeared to be storm debris that somehow got into our sanitary collection system. We were able to capture the majoriry of it with our vacuum truck."

We thank our hard-working and conscientious staff for rising to the occasion on this Tropical Storm that spun up in a rapid way.

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