Manhole Overflows, Gallons Of Sewage Flood Streets

Posted at 6:23 PM, Jan 03, 2013

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A manhole in Kalamazoo has overflowed, causing the streets to flood with gallons of raw sewage.

An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of sewage overflowed from the manhole located on Maple Street.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Services was contacted regarding the situation at about 1:00 p.m. on Thursday.

The sewage has been released to Axtell Creek from Maple Street to Howard Street, through the storm-water system.

Both the KDPS and Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department are advising that people avoid contact with the surface water in and around the area.

If contact is made with the sewage, it is encouraged that people disinfect their shoes, clothes and skin immediately.

There is an advisory in place until a further investigation and sampling of the sewage is complete.

Anyone with questions can call 269-373-5210.