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The popular Cape Cod resort of Provincetown declared a sewer emergency on Thursday, ordering restaurants and other food establishments along a section of its bustling waterfront to close immediately.
Provincetown officials said in a Facebook post that residential property in the affected sewer system should minimize water use, including flushing toilets only when “absolutely necessary.”
All public restrooms will be closed on Thursday and Friday and portable toilets will be provided, officials said.
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He said the shutdown of drainage during the peak summer season is necessary to prevent further public health emergencies.
This week’s storm brought a “larger than normal volume of wastewater” into the sewer system, which overflowed and caused damage.
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“We need to drastically reduce the flow to allow critical repair work to get the town back to full capacity,” town officials said in their statement. “We are estimating that we will need 48 hours to make repairs and bring the system back to normal.”