HILLSDALE, Mich. (WLNS)– Hillsdale city officials are asking people to avoid contact with the St. Joseph River after nearly 70,000 gallons of untreated sewage and waste water spilled into the river.
The city says a recent power outage caused a sewage overflow of 69,960 gallons at the plant, which led to the spill on Tuesday.
Plant operators have since stopped the spill and city workers are taking steps to correct the electrical problem.
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph County Health Agency issued a no contact advisory for the St. Joseph River Tuesday.
Environmental Health Director Rebecca Burns said people or pets who swim, boat or take part in any recreational activities on the river could become sick.
The no contact advisory for St. Joseph River is in effect from the plant, located at 101 Galloway, to the Moore Road bridge access point.
People should avoid the water until further notice.
More Information:Waterborne Illness FAQ from the tri-county health department