Integrity Management

Mexico Experts: Outdated Drain Caused July's Deadly Sinkhole

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A panel of experts in Mexico has determined that an old drainage pipe was to blame for a sinkhole on a major highway that killed two men last month when their car plunged into it. The 34-year-old drain was not replaced as suggested before an expanded highway was built on top of i..

Local Lawmakers: Probe Niagara Falls Black Water Discharge

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Local lawmakers are asking for a criminal investigation into the discharge of wastewater that turned the water below Niagara Falls black. The Niagara County Legislature passed resolutions Thursday night that request investigations by the New York state attorney general, t..

Big Easy on Edge as City Scrambles to Fix Pumping System

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Flood-weary residents remained on edge as Louisiana’s governor declared a state of emergency in New Orleans, but this time the threat wasn’t churning in the Gulf of Mexico. The city’s malfunctioning water-pumping system and the threat of more rain have left some neighborhoods at ..

Emergency Declared in New Orleans as Flood Threat Looms

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s governor declared a state of emergency in New Orleans on Thursday as the city’s malfunctioning water-pumping system and the threat of more rain left some neighborhoods at greater risk of flooding. The city scrambled to repair fire-damaged equipment at a power plant an..

Sinkhole Develops on Louisiana Street

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Authorities have barricaded a sinkhole that was discovered on a Louisiana street. Times-Picayune reports the Jefferson Parish Streets Department was notified about the 12-foot by 12-foot hole Wednesday around 9 a.m. There were no injuries and no additional da..

Amid Pumping Failures, New Orleans Warns People to Move Cars

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As New Orleans’ water-pumping system continues to malfunction, the mayor is urging residents in some of the city’s already-soaked neighborhoods to move their vehicles to higher ground as more rain is in the forecast. Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office said in a news release early Th..

Florida Sinkhole Might Force Condemnation of More Homes

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Ralph Terry, a 73-year-old retiree who lives in a sleepy neighborhood in Florida’s suburbs, seems particularly sanguine about living just a few doors down from a gaping, literal, void in the earth. “I don’t see no cracks in my blocks in my house,” he said on Tuesday, peeri..

Hot Words After New Orleans Flood, Pump Problems Revealed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As volunteers hauled soggy insulation out of a flooded store that belongs to a prominent New Orleans social club Wednesday, the group’s president said city pumping problems implicated in weekend flooding were unacceptable. “It just doesn’t make sense. We are too close to help, su..

Buffalo Suburbs Asked to Restrict Use After Water Main Break

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of more than a dozen Buffalo suburbs are being asked to put off washing their cars, watering lawns and filling swimming pools because of a water main break at a treatment plant. The Erie County Water Authority has issued the temporary restrictions through 6 p.m. Tue..

2 More Homes Condemned Due to Florida Sinkhole

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have condemned two more homes due to a Florida sinkhole, bringing the total to six homes that are now unlivable. Authorities in Pasco County, a suburban area north of Tampa, said in a news release Sunday that the two additional homes were being condemned...

New Orleans Floods Raise Questions About City Pumping System

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Heavy weekend rainfall in New Orleans overwhelmed the municipal pump stations, leaving parts of the community flooded, and some officials say they’re not satisfied with the city’s response. “Are our city pumps working as they should?” Councilman Jason Williams said, according to ..

School Blast Investigators Probing Gas Meter Work

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Workers may have been moving a gas meter when an explosion tore through a Minneapolis school building this week, killing two people and injuring at least nine others, according to federal investigators. A team from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived in Minneapolis T..

Black Water Near Niagara Falls Leads to Call for Resignations

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Several lawmakers want the board that runs Niagara Falls’ wastewater treatment plant to resign after a foul-smelling discharge darkened the water near the base of the falls during a busy tourist weekend. Members of the Niagara County Legislature’s Republican majority said Thurs..

NTSB Investigates Explosion that Killed 2 at Minnesota School

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were sent to a Minneapolis school Thursday to look into an apparent natural gas explosion and partial building collapse that killed two people and injured at least nine, including one critically. The explosion at Minneha..

Underground Cable Failure Causes Downtown Detroit Explosions

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say an underground electrical cable failure caused explosions in downtown Detroit that sent manhole covers into the air and prompted the evacuation of a restaurant and hotel. No injuries were reported following Wednesday night’s blasts in the city’s Greektown area and uti..

North Dakota Regulators Investigating Minnesota Contractor

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Minnesota contractor that damaged a natural gas pipeline in North Dakota last week has a history of striking pipelines. The damage caused the release of 126,000 gallons of natural gas liquids and shut down a gas processing plant for three days. State regulators who recently..

Santa Cruz County: Sewage No Longer Spilling from Pipeline

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Santa Cruz County in southern Arizona says there is no longer any wastewater or raw sewage spilling from an international pipeline that broke last week. Repair work on the underground pipeline began after authorities found the breach on July 25 in a sparsely populated area n..

North Carolina Officials: Equipment Being Set Aside when Outage Happened

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina transportation officials say workers were setting aside equipment that wasn’t in use when they caused a massive power outage that drove tourists from two islands in the Outer Banks. Transportation department spokesman Tim Hass says construction workers stuck the ..

Officials Work on Response Plan to Nogales Sewer Line Break

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) – Officials are working on a plan to respond to the flow of untreated wastewater pouring into a southern Arizona wash from a partial break in an international sewage line north of Nogales. Santa Cruz County officials say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has personnel on scene to..

Contractor Hits Gas Line, Causes Leak in Massachusetts

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Thousands of people were evacuated from surrounding buildings and streets were closed in Cambridge as authorities responded to reports of a natural gas leak. The Cambridge Fire Department tweeted at 11 a.m. Friday that all buildings could be reoccupied. A spokesma..

Bridge Builder Admits Cutting Cable on North Carolina Coast

BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — An estimated 10,000 tourists were ordered to evacuate an island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Thursday after a construction company caused a power outage, leaving people searching for a place to eat, stay cool or resume interrupted vacations. The Cape Hatteras Electric Coop..

Officials Testing Nogales Wash After Sewer Pipeline Break

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Sen. John McCain is urging an international water commission to act quickly in repairing a broken sewage pipe that runs from Mexico to Arizona and has spilled into a wash in the American side of the border. But the International Boundary and Water Commission says it ha..

Water Gushes Through South LA After Pipe Bursts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Several inches of water gushed through streets after a pipe burst in South Los Angeles. Traffic was diverted and pavement buckled but no major damage was reported from the main break around 6:30 a.m. Sunday. The flow continued for several hours until Department of Water and Powe..

Crews Look at Stability of Florida Sinkhole that Ate 2 Homes

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Crews are starting core drilling to assess the stability around a sinkhole in Florida that swallowed two homes and a boat. Pasco County spokesman Doug Tobin said in a news release the work will begin Monday in Land O’Lakes. Tobin says the crews will look for anomalies in ..

Water Main Break Causing Problems in Downtown St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A water main break is causing problems for several businesses and commercial buildings in downtown St. Louis. Water gushed into the street Friday after a 36-inch main broke near 13th Street and Convention Plaza. Some residents and businesses were likely to see decreased water press..

Water Main Break Leaves Kansas Town Nearly Without Water

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a major water main break has left Emporia nearly waterless as temperatures soar. Police said in a Facebook post early Wednesday on the department’s official page that crews were working to fix the problem in the town of about 25,000 residents, which is loc..

US Lawsuit: Ohio City let Sewage into Lake Erie Tributaries

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department have sued the Ohio city of Cleveland Heights, saying it allowed raw sewage to flow into Lake Erie tributaries. The Plain Dealer reports ( ) that Cleveland Heights denies any liability ..

Homes Near 2 New York Prisons Hit by Sewer Overflows

ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of a village near two state prisons in western New York say raw sewage from the prisons backs up into their homes during heavy rains. WHEC-TV in Rochester reports ( ) downpours that caused flash flooding Thursday overwhelmed a sewer line from Attic..

Fiber-Optic Cable Cuts Affect Mediacom Customers in 3 States

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Thousands of Mediacom internet and television customers have experienced service interruptions in Georgia, Illinois and Missouri after a pair of large fiber-optic cables were accidentally cut. Mediacom Communications spokeswoman Phyllis Peters says a mower for a road crew..

Sunoco to Connect Homes With Tainted Wells to Public Water

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Sunoco Pipeline LP is paying to connect municipal water to about 30 Pennsylvania residences whose well water was contaminated while the company built its Mariner East 2 Pipeline. Sunoco says the residents in West Whiteland Township are being connected to Aqua Pennsylv..