MILWAUKEE (AP) — A report to state environmental officials says more than 2 billion gallons of untreated sewage and storm water were dumped into Lake Michigan and Milwaukee area rivers during the recent storms.
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s report to the Department of Natural Resources says that’s more than four times the capacity of its deep tunnel storage system.
The release into area waterways still wasn’t enough to prevent sewers from backing up into thousands of homes, in addition to property damage caused by above-ground flooding.
The Journal Sentinel reports area sewage treatment plants handled more than 3.2 million gallons of wastewater from Thursday’s storm.
Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com