The Jamestown city engineer's office is reminding people that sump pump water should be directed to the stormwater system rather than the sanitary sewer.

Officials are reporting a high volume of water flowing through the sanitary sewer system at this time. Residents in the James River Valley and other lower elevations are also advised to plug basement floor drains to prevent sewage backup from entering the home.

A Jamestown ordinance prohibits directing rain, surface or groundwater into the sanitary sewer system.

Instead, people are asked to direct hoses from sump pumps or drain tile systems to the curb where the water will flow to the stormwater system.

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