North Attleborough officials urge community to avoid walking in standing water

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The parking lot of the Fisher College building at 451 Elm St. Overnight the town was buried under several inches of rainfall in a matter of hours. Staff Photo/Adam Bass
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Town Manager Michael Borg, Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Christopher Coleman, and Health Director Anne Marie Fleming are urging community members to avoid walking in standing water due to the potential for contamination.

At this time, the Town of North Attleborough is still experiencing excess amounts of water pooling both outside and inside residents’ homes. As a result of this excess water, several sewer systems in town have been surcharged.

The North Attleborough Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) reported earlier this afternoon that sections of streets throughout town have been affected by this surcharge and have contaminated standing water. The affected streets with contaminated standing water include portions of North Avenue, Maple Street, Smith Street, and Mount Hope Street.

Community members should note that drinking water has not been affected and is safe to drink at this time.

Residents are urged to avoid walking through excess water or puddles, as there may be debris and sewer or oil contamination.

Community members who must walk through standing water out of necessity are encouraged to shower immediately.

Those in need of guidance are encouraged to call the Board of Health at 508-699-0100, ext. 2560.