News Briefs: Florida Woman Crawls Through 300 Feet of Sewer to Rescue Kitten

Also in this week's sewer and water news, New York health officials are urging people to get vaccinated against poliovirus after it was detected in wastewater samples near New York City

A woman in Delray Beach, Florida, recently crawled through 300 feet of sewer drain to rescue a kitten that was stuck, according to WPEC News.

The incident began when Lindsey Bembli heard a kitten crying in a drain pipe. She and some firefighters tried rescuing the kitten with a fishing net but it kept running away. After failing to rescue the kitten, Bembli called her friend, Liz Jones, who directs an animal rescue organization.

Jones then crawled 300 feet through the sewer to rescue the kitten, telling WPEC “It’s not my first time being in a sewer drain to rescue animals, and it probably won’t be my last.”

Poliovirus Detected in New York Wastewater

New York health officials are urging people to get vaccinated against poliovirus after it was detected in wastewater samples near New York City. Officials in mid July announced the first case of polio in the United States in nearly 10 yeras.

The Centers for Disease Control said in a statement that there are likely more people in the community shedding the virus, since it was detectable in wastewater.

“However, it’s important to note that we don’t have enough information at this time to determine if the virus is actively spreading in New York or elsewhere in the U.S., and no additional cases have been identified.”

Crews Make Progress on Burned WWTP Cleanup in New Zealand

Work is ahead of schedule cleaning up the fire-damaged wastewater treatment facility in Christchurch, New Zealand, which burned down last fall.

Otago Daily Times recently published photos and video of the progress.


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