Pipe repaired after fiber optic cable causes overflow

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- The City of Madison's Engineering Division successfully repaired a sanitary sewer pipe that overflowed into a storm drain on Milwaukee Street Friday.

According to a press release, a homeowner reported a backup in a home in the 4000 block of Milwaukee Street Thursday. Crews found untreated wastewater had spilled out of a nearby manhole and into two storm drains. They removed the blockage and cleaned the spilled wastewater.

On Friday, crews used cameras in the sewer pipes and found a fiber optic cable that went through the pipe and caused the overflow. The city confirmed a contractor had dug underground recently in the area while doing fiber optic installation and hit the pipe. Crews repaired the pipe and worked with the contractor to remove the cable.

Surface waters were not impacted by the overflow. The city expects no long-term effects.