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2 billion gallons of sewage, flood water dumped in storm’s aftermath

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,

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  1. I’m in Nebraska and am in the restoration industry and am amazed at the amount of devastation Milwaukee has experienced. Be very careful with flood water. Follow good hygiene practices and keep things dry!

  2. It is hard to grasp, exactly how much this really is. Try this for visualization. When that big pump truck shows up to pump out your septic tank, that truck holds 5000 gallons. If you took those trucks, full up, and lined them up starting at the lake front, 3 lanes wide and bumper to bumper, that line of trucks would extend to somewhere close to Florida. That’s 2 billion gallons of untreated sewage.
    Even a 1 million gallon dump is that line of trucks from the lake out to state fair park, which is horrible, and yet now by comparison is considered a ‘minor’ dump and no big deal.
    Yet…i’m in more trouble than mmsd, if my dog poops in a park and I neglect to pick it up.

  3. I too am in the restoration industry and own a restoration company based in Sacramento. That is a lot of sewage and lot of flooding. Our franchise sent out quite a lot of water damage technicians and trucks full of equipment to help out in the Milwaukee area. I hope everything goes well and good folk of Milwaukee get back on their feet quickly.

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