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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 12/7/2015, 10:15 a.m.
Dallas Water Utilities reported that the recent heavy rainfall has caused sanitary sewer overflows at several locations

Special to The Dallas Examiner

DALLAS

Dallas Water Utilities reported that the recent heavy rainfall has caused sanitary sewer overflows at several locations, five of which exceeded 100,000 gallons. DWU Assistant Director Zachary Peoples stressed that none of the overflows of diluted wastewater have affected the city’s water supply.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires the city to notify the public and all appropriate government officials of any overflows that exceed 100,000 gallons.

“The overflows were primarily caused by inflow and infiltration of storm water into the city of Dallas wastewater collection system,” Peoples said. DWU crews are monitoring and performing cleanup at each overflow location. A list of the overflow locations that exceeded 100,000 gallons is attached.

Although there is no danger to the water supply, the public is reminded to avoid contact with waste material, soil or water in any of the affected areas. If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil or water potentially affected by the spills, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly.

DALLAS

Metrocare Services will host its annual Coats for a Cause on Monday and Tuesday. The goal is to collect 500 new coats, sizes 2 through 18, for children and teens receiving services through Metrocare clinics. Coat donations can be delivered between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to the new Metrocare administrative office, located at 1345 River Bend Drive, Ste. 200. During the drive, business offices, community groups and other organizations can also participate in an Angel Tree program to fulfill the dreams and wishes of children during the holidays or provide monetary gifts. For more information, contact Kimberly Holliday at 214-743-6138 or email kimberly.holiday@metrocareservices.org.

DALLAS

The seventh annual TNT Toy and Coat Drive will have two campaigns to offer children a warm and joyous Christmas. Legendary actress Irma P. Hall and Santa Claus will make guest appearances. Phase I will be held on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at South Dallas Café, located at 7035 Marvin D. Love Freeway. Phase II will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Starbucks, located at 213 E. Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto. Donations of coats, toys, food and monetary gifts are needed during the drive. For more information, call Bettye Williams at 469-765-2526.