KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - A third raw sewage spill has occurred in Kalamazoo County in less than a week.
The latest incident occurred Monday morning on Crystal Lane near 11th Street in Oshtemo Township. About 1,200 to 1,500 gallons of untreated raw sewage spilled from a manhole, and released to a storm drainage area through the impacted stormwater system. The Department of Public Services removed the blockage a few hours later.
On Jan. 4, at least 300,000 gallons of sewage were spilled from a manhole in a wooded area north of the Nazareth Complex on west side of Nazareth Road near Gull Road in Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo environmental services superintendent Mike Wetzel told Mlive.com that the spill apparently dates back to Dec. 29. He says the sewage release shouldn't do any long-term damage to the area near Averill Lake, according to the Associated Press. Authorities say rags caused the blockage and say crews removed them Jan. 4.
Then on Jan. 3, an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled from a manhole onto Maple Street near Crosstown Parkway in Kalamazoo due to a blocked sewer line, city officials said. The untreated sewage was then released to Axtell Creek from Maple Street to Howard Street through the stormwater system.
Water Reclamation Plant personnel notified the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Kalamazoo County Environmental Health and Community Services of the spills.
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