LUFKIN (KYTX) - Officials with the Angelina and Neches River Authority say drinking water in the region should be safe, despite what they called a "catastrophic" failure of the sanitary sewage system.

A manhole in front of the ANRA's treatment plant on Edgewood Circle in Lufkin collapsed, blocking a key treatment line. The blockage sent 300,000 gallons of rainwater and raw sewage into a creek that flows into the Angelina River and eventually, the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. 

The general manager of the authority told CBS19 that crews were able to cap the leak relatively quickly, minimizing the danger to public health and the environment.

Crews are now working on long-term fixes to ensure a similar incident doesn't happen in the future. Those with private wells in the spill area are advised to boil their water as a precaution. 


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