VIWMA Warns Residents of Potential Sewer System Storm Surge, Overflowing Manholes

Palm trees during a hurricane on St Croix

Due to inclement weather, the sewer collection system may experience a large inflow of storm water that may cause overflows in low line areas. The flow of rain water and storm water entering the sewer system may exceed the pumping capacity at various pump stations that service business systems to the wastewater treatment plants.

After the rain and the storm water run-off subsides, the sewer collection system may continue to be impacted, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise team.

The Authority asks motorists to use extreme caution when traversing through flooded roadways during and after the storm to avoid potential and known areas of manhole overflows. It asks residents to avoid areas with standing waters. VIWMA especially reminds people with impacted immune systems to avoid all flood areas.

Report sewer overflows by calling the 24-Hour Hotline at 844-WMA-USVI (844-962-8784).

For additional information, contact VIWMA Communications Management at 513-4171 or email

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