Flash flooding leads to sewer discharge into Flint River

FLINT — Officials with the Genesee County Health Department and the City of Flint have reported that a mixture of sewage and stormwater has leaked into the Flint River from the City of Flint’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.

In a press release, Flint officials said a discharge of sewage was triggered by sudden flash flooding on Saturday, Aug. 17. Heavy rainfall and resulting floodwater exceeded the plant’s primary settling tanks, causing them to overflow onto the ground and into storm sewers.

Although Flint City officials have reported that the discharge has ended, the Genesee County Health Department is urging residents in Flushing and Flint Township to avoid contact with the Flint River under high flow conditions. Health officials said there could be high bacterial levels in the water, particularly downstream west of the Mill Road Bridge at Flushing Road.

Health officials will test water samples from the Flint River to determine bacterial levels. Test results will soon be available on the State of Michigan website at michigan.gov.

Officials in Flushing and Flint Township were notified of the discharge. — B.G.