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101 1st St NE
Box 12
Bowman, ND 58623-0012

City reinstates red zone for latest major sewer break

June 12, 2015

THE 'RED ZONE'â��Homes and businesses in the "red zone" are marked on a map provided by the city of Bowman. Those marked are asked to refrain from use of the city's sewer system until further notice. THE ‘RED ZONE’—Homes and businesses in the “red zone” are marked on a provided by the of . Those marked are asked to refrain from use of the city’s system until further notice. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

By BRYCE MARTIN
Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

A portion of the city of Bowman is back in the all-too-familiar “red zone” today after a major sewer happened last night south of the Bowman City .

Homes and businesses in the “red zone”—an area from Highway 85 west through Eighth Avenue—were asked by the city to limit their sewer use “unless absolutely necessary” until further notice.

Friday's sewer break in Bowman occurred at the south part of the alley on Second Street Southwest, between Highway 85 and Second Avenue Southwest. Crews are on scene and roads are being closed. (Photo by Bryce Martin / Pioneer)
Friday’s sewer break in Bowman occurred at the south part of the alley on Second Street Southwest, between Highway 85 and Second Avenue Southwest. Crews are on scene and roads are being closed. (Photo by Bryce Martin / Pioneer)

Residents in the zone were asked to refrain from flushing toilets, washing clothing, using a dishwasher and anything else that would require sewer use. The comes at a busy time for the city as the High School Rodeo Finals are being held in Bowman from today to Sunday. According to the “red zone” map, however, the fairgrounds and local motels should remain unaffected.

Bill Mason, city and sewer supervisor, was at the scene of the break Friday morning and told the Pioneer that it was similar to November’s break, only one block from the same location.

Cameras navigating through the city’s sewer lines to locate potential disruptions hit an area of muddy water in that area of the line several weeks ago, according to Mason. As the city prepared to clean out the site, it began to back up.

A break was soon after discovered.

“It’ll be a mess,” Mason said of the sewer’s impending fix.

While there is no definite timeline for repair, Mason said crews began working to pump the manholes last night and crews to dewater the area will be at the site next week.

The massive break at the end of last year left residents with extremely limited sewer use for more than a month while crews were unsure of how to remedy the situation. That break now gives the city a better idea of how this fix will go, Mason said.

While last year’s break was located on the southeast section of the park, the current break runs through a residential area. The break occurred on the same line as last year’s but on a portion at the south end of the alley on Second Street Southwest between Highway 85 and Second Avenue Southwest.

The area will have to be dug up and dewatered, according to Mason, as it is the only way it can be fixed. He said he hopes crews will be able to avoid digging up nearby yards, but there is currently no certainty.

Stay updated with the Bowman County Pioneer as the situation develops over the next several days.

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