Lift station tour

Long Beach Mayor Jerry Phillips, right, and City Administrator David Glasson chatted with Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez during a tour of one of the city’s recently upgraded lift stations in frigid weather on Feb. 23.

LONG BEACH — City officials are seeking financial assistance to replace a sewer line that could bring about “catastrophic” results if it were to fail, and they’re hoping for some help from Uncle Sam.

Earlier this year, the City of Long Beach submitted an application for $2.5 million in congressionally-directed spending to U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-Skamania County) to help the city replace an aging sewer main along Oregon Avenue that runs 11 blocks north of the main lift station at the Long Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant. If it fails, city officials say that groundwater would be contaminated and keep other collector sewers from getting to the treatment facility.

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