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Crews work to repair collapsed sewer line in Florence

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A collapsed sewer line near Lawrence Avenue off Florence Boulevard has forced crews to install a temporary pump. A collapsed sewer line near Lawrence Avenue off Florence Boulevard has forced crews to install a temporary pump.
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FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

The mayor of Florence is asking for patience as the city works to fix a sewer problem.

That work is causing a lot of noise.

A collapsed sewer line near Lawrence Avenue off Florence Boulevard has forced crews to install a temporary pump in order to keep the nearby businesses and homes running as usual.

City officials said the temporary pump doesn't cost much. They said they have to pay for fuel to keep it running, but the big problem is the overtime they have to pay city workers to keep the pump working.

Officials estimate it will cost the city between $6,000 and $8,000 when it is all over with, just for the temporary pump.

Crews are digging to reach the line. Mayor Mickey Haddock said the deepest point to the line is 20 feet deep.

He said this is a long process.

Haddock also said that although it is a costly repair, he foresees more of these happening around the city because of the old infrastructure. 

"This is going to happen I'm afraid more often than we want it to because like any other city, our infrastructure is old and it's starting to fall down," he said. "The bid to replace is, we were thinking, was going to come in around $300,000, but it came in around $198,000 so we were pleased with that. The operation of the pump is a costly operation, but it's something we have to do to provide that."

Haddock said he and his departments will do the best they can to make the necessary repairs without disrupting daily routines.

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