Cleveland Alderman Declare an "Emergency"

CLEVELAND, MS (Ben Caxton) — Alderman in the City of Cleveland declared an “emergency” this week. The emergency is that the city has apparently ignored crucial wastewater pump failures recently, instead relying on backups to take over, without replacing the failed pumps to maintain two at each of the city’s pumping stations as required by law. City Engineer Josh McPherson told the alderman that three of the pump stations now have no backup. And if they fail, backup is exactly what stormwater and sewage will do – potentially into the homes of Cleveland residents. The emergency declaration will allow the city to bypass some of the normal red tape involved and order the pumps immediately. The city will be using $325,000 in funds from the Delta Regional Authority to help make the purchases.



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