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Published April 13, 2010, 03:59 PM

Grand Forks City Officials Work to Prevent Future Sewer Backups

Grand Forks city officials say there is only a minimal risk that people in the city will face sewer backups like people in East Grand Forks did last month.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

Grand Forks city officials say there is only a minimal risk that people in the city will face sewer backups like people in East Grand Forks did last month. Those sewers backed up after overland floodwater got into the sewer system through an open manhole, causing raw sewage to back up into some homes around Valley Golf Course.

In 2000 Grand Forks adopted a code for backflow valves that is still in place now. City officials say it's a good idea for homeowners to make sure their valves are clean. They say even those in newer homes should have a plumber check their valves every year or so.

"We've added some of the backflow preventers at the individual residences. The fact that we do have our flood protection now in place also is a benefit," said Grand Forks City Engineer Al Grasser.

Grasser says now there is less of a risk for overland flooding in Grand Forks.

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