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7.1 million gallons of sewage overflows into Lake Superior

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Updated: April 03, 2020 10:22 AM

The City of Ashland said over 7.1 million gallons of sewage overflowed into Lake Superior.  The sanitary sewer overflow occurred at the City of Ashland's Waste Water Treatment Plant.

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The overflow began on on Sunday, March 29 around 6:30 p.m. and ended on Tuesday, March 31 before 7:20 a.m., according to authorities.

The overflow was due to a high amount of inflow from heavy rain and snow melt.  

The City said all necessary steps are being taken to limit any public health hazard or potentially harmful effects on the environment.  The Wisconsin DNR was notified.  

Authorities said residents show avoid contact with any sanitary sewer overflow due to the potential for exposure to disease-causing organisms. 

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