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Storms cause huge overflow of sewage into local waterways

Posted at 6:26 PM, Jul 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-24 18:31:31-04

The recent heavy rainstorms on Sunday and Monday did more than just dump a lot of water - they also caused millions of gallons of sewage to overflow from sewage treatment facilities into local waterways.

It is a problem that communities across the Great Lakes face throughout the year whenever there is a lot of rain or snow melt off.  Old Infrastructure channels rain water and sanitary discharge into treatment facilities that are overwhelmed and forced to discharge untreated waste water.

Reporters Ed Reilly and Charlie Specht take a closer look at this problem and how some communities, like Cleveland, are trying to deal with it.