Flooding in Wharton triggers alert to reduce water usage to avoid sewage backups

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The flooding in and around Wharton is so bad that city officials are urging residents to reduce water usage to prevent overflowing sewage.

Late Wednesday morning, city officials  tweeted, “The City of Wharton is asking residents to reduce water usage at this time due to high volumes of water in the sewer system to avoid possible sewer backups.”

The Wharton County Sheriff’s Office also sent an alert about road closures throughout the county.

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“Emergency Responders are working to assist those in need of help. If possible, please stay off the roadways at this time. Stay safe!” tweeted WCSO.

According to the Wharton County Office of Emergency Management, 24 hour rainfall totals in the area included East Bernard 7.63 inches, El Campo 5.42 inches, Wharton 8.19 inches, and  Lane City 8.90 inches.

Many roads are flooded or covered with water and considered unsafe. Drivers are advised to stay off the roads unless it is absolutely necessary to travel.

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