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Central Florida cities work to keep raw sewage off the streets after Hurricane Irma

Flooding and power outages caused by Hurricane Irma in Central Florida are creating a smelly, dangerous issue for many cities as impacts from raw sewage discharges become more serious.

Winter Park resident Rae Connelly said the raw sewage started to flow once they lost power during the storm.

“We saw water bubbling up from the manholes,” Connelly said. “I have a couple dogs, so I’m not letting them out and (I’m) trying to keep them away from anything, because they see puddles and they want to play. And I don’t want them in that.”

In Orange County, officials said Lake Formosa and Lake Rowena in Orlando were impacted by the failure of a private lift station.

The city sent out an alert warning people about possible elevated amounts of fecal bacteria in the lakes’ water because of sewage overflow.