Thousands of gallons of untreated sewage accidentally released

Thousands of gallons of untreated sewage accidentally released.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Thousands of gallons of untreated sewage water spilled in Grand Traverse County and an advisory was placed on water in the area.

Around 5 p.m. Tuesday more than 8,300 gallons of sewer water was released from a pressurized sewer main near the intersection of 5 Mile Road and Holiday Road in Acme Township.

The sewage went into a wetland which is connected to a creek that runs along the TART Trail behind businesses east of Holiday Road.

The creek flows into East Grand Traverse Bay across from 4630 US-31 North.

According to the Grand Traverse County Health Department, the creek was sampled Wednesday and found to contain more than 2,419 E. coli.

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is asking the public to avoid any body contact with the water in these areas.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is working with the local agencies to clean up the spill.

The advisory will remain in effect until E. coli levels meet MDEQ standards.

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