Historic rainfall leads to mass sewer backups

Posted at 2:33 PM, Jul 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 14:33:50-04

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio -- The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati reports that around 200 residents and businesses reported sewer backups following Thursday morning's historic rainfall, specifically in the Mount Washington and Anderson Township area.

Crews worked on sites with sewer backup from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and began working again early Friday morning, MSD spokeswoman Deb Leonard said in a press release. About 40 of the 200 reported backups were resolved Thursday.

"MSD understands that no one wants to experience or deal with sewage in their basement," Mike Pittinger, wastewater collection superintendent, said in the release. "Please be patient -- we are responding to all callers as quickly as possible."

If you have a sewer backup at your home or business in the City of Cincinnati, contact the Sewer Backup Response Program by calling 513-352-4900. If you choose to hire a contractor, MSD will reimburse "for reasonable costs, provided the sewer backup was caused by a capacity issue in the public sewer," according to the release.