FLINT, MI – Sewage and storm water were discharged from the city’s wastewater treatment plant into the Flint River early Friday morning and health officials urge people to avoid contact downstream, the city said in a statement.
The discharge was from the recent heavy rains that exceeded the plant’s ability to treat convey sewage into the plant, the statement said.
Sewage and wastewater overflowed into the Flint River at about 3:53 a.m., March 31 and city officials did not say how much was discharged into the river or how long it lasted.
MLive-The Flint Journal could not reach city officials for comment.
The wastewater treatment plant retention and treatment basin discharges into the Flint River whenever its capacity and the plant’s capacity are exceeded, the statement said.
State law mandates the city notify the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Genesee County Health Department and officials in Flint Township and Flushing.