Pinellas leaders address Hermine sewage issue

Local government is looking into the problem after recent flooding.

More than 100 million gallons of sewage have been dumped into Bay area waters since Hermine rumbled through, and many tonight residents want to know why.

Was it aging infrastructure? Were cities just not prepared?

Pinellas County commissioners are looking for answers, too. They met in Clearwater Wednesday afternoon and spent several hours discussing the issue.

Chairman Charlie Justice suggested a cross-jurisdictional task force to ensure the fiasco doesn’t happen again.

“This is not a task force meant to point fingers or cast blame, but how do we go forward to better address the situation so that we’re not seeing the same thing in another five or 10 years?”

Commissioners are just start the discussion about the sewage, but all agree that something must be done.

"Our residents want solutions, and they look to their elected officials for proactive action," said Justice. "By coming together with our partners, we can lay the groundwork for better reaction to emergencies, improving our infrastructure and, ultimately, providing better services for our citizens."

(© 2016 WTSP)


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