Around 2 million gallons of raw sewage have reportedly spilled into the Flint River in Flint, Michigan.
The spill reportedly occurred after heavy rains and flash flooding hit the region, which caused the treatment tanks at the city’s wastewater plant to overflow. This sent raw sewage onto the ground and into storm drains that lead directly to the river. Officials had warned in preceding months that wastewater treatment plants in the city needed upgrading and that they were at risking of “catastrophic failure” in a heavy rainfall event.
An advisory has been put in place for people to avoid coming into contact with the river. An advisory on the river was released Sunday, but the total volume of sewage spilled was not released until today.