Plymouth Utility Superintendent Donnie Davidson said Thursday morning, “Due to the 1.56” of rainfall and snow melt, the city’s sewer system and wastewater treatment facility has exceeded capacity, resulting in a permitted Combine Sewer Overflow (CSO).”
Weather conditions indicate a strong possibility that overflows could occur in the next 72 hours.
The City of Plymouth recommends affected persons avoid all contact with water downstream of combined sewers. Signage has been posted along the waterways to identify the 10 combine sewer overflow points and where contact with the water could be hazardous to your health. Even during dry weather, the potential also exists, from other sources (wildlife, upstream users, and ground water discharges) for pollutants to be present in the Yellow River.
AFFECTED AREAS INCLUDE:
Yellow River downstream from: Klinger Street
Yellow River downstream from: Elliot Street
Yellow River downstream from: Magnetic / Bird Park Area
Yellow River downstream from: Cleveland Street
Yellow River downstream from: Sixth Street
Time 10:15 AM Date 2-17-2022
The City of Plymouth encourages you to take the following protective actions when recreating in the urban area.
• Avoid contact with urban streams, especially during and three (3) days after rain.
• Alter urban stream recreational activities to ones that Do Not contact water. For example, try walking or biking along a stream rather than swimming, wading or water skiing.
• Always wash your hands after contacting water in urban streams, especially before eating.
• Use a waterless hand sanitizer at outings that occur near urban streams.