The City of Galveston is investigating two potential illegal dumping incidents along Offats Bayou near 61st and Heards Lane after receiving reports of a strong odor in the area. Beginning Friday, the city began receiving calls from people in the area about the smell and a possible sighting of a dumping. The City of Galveston has inspected its storm sewer system and sanitary sewer system within the area and have not identified any issues with the systems. The smell is similar to sewage, however, there are not other markers of a potential sewer spill.
The incidents have been reported to local law enforcement authorities and the TCEQ, who were in the area earlier today. The City is performing lab testing today in the area and will report its findings when available. We have not yet identified the source or the substance dumped, however, it is creating a strong rotten egg smell.
If you have any information about an illegal dumping, please contact us at 409-797-3971.
At this time, we have not issued a no swim alert for Offats Bayou.