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Residents of LGBTQ resort town told to 'only flush when absolutely necessary' during sewage emergency

The emergency comes ahead of the town's Carnival week, which is a week-long LGBTQ celebration.

2022-08-12

Words: Alastair James; pictures: Wiki Commons (Provincetown pride 2012)

Residents in the LGBTQ resort town of Provincetown, Massachusetts have been asked to "only flush when absolutely necessary" after a sewer emergency was declared. 

On Tuesday (9 August) a thunderstorm hit the town, known for its LGBTQ community, and caused the sewers to become backed up. O

A sewer emergency had to be declared on Thursday (11 August) As reported by Metro, other parts of the town using a different sewage system have been unaffected. 

As a result, residents have been told to not use water at all, including for washing or laundry, and to "only flush when absolutely necessary". 

In a statement released on Thursday, the town indicated that repairs were being made and that a "team will be working overnight" to sort more of the sewage system out. 

"Any restaurant or food service business in this service area needs to remained closed, except for the sale of prepackaged, ready-to-eat food. Any residential property on this system must reduce water use, including dishwashing, laundry, showering, and only flushing when absolutely necessary," it added.

It's expected that it'll take two days to resolve the situation. Town Crier Daniel Gomez Llata gave an update on Thursday.

WBX reporter, Tiffany Chan, that the emergency comes "ahead of Carnival Week festivities," and that it's hoped the problems will be fixed on Friday, Saturday at the latest.

Carnival Week is a weeklong LGBTQ celebration full of parties parades and fairs.

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