300,000 Gallons Of Raw Sewage Flow Into Dow Prairie In Ann Arbor

June 12, 2018 - 7:35 am

ANN ARBOR (WWJ) - Ann Arbor residents along the Huron River are up in arms over a huge overflow of raw sewage near a popular nature area.

An estimated 300,000 gallons of sewage overflowed into Dow Prairie. "An unknown portion" also flowed to the Huron River, officials said. 

The overflow was discovered Sunday morning when water started leaking from a manhole in the University of Michigan Arboretum. Public works crews found 3,000 feet of rope, which was apparently left behind by a contractor, blocking the sewer line. Crews were able to clear the rope from the pipe, but not before the massive sewage discharge.

Certain sections of Dow Prairie have been blocked off until cleanup is finished, which is expected sometime Tuesday.

So far, no reports of illnesses from the raw sewage.