Intense Storms Cause Sewer Overflows in WLSSD Sewer System

Duluth, MN-Intense prolonged rains have caused sewer overflows in the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) sewer system.  Rainfall in this dangerous and intense storm varies in the region, and currently reach about 7 inches of rain over the last day in some areas.

“We are presently assessing the extent of overflows in our system,” said Marianne Bohren, WLSSD executive director. “No information is currently available regarding the overflow locations and volumes of overflows.  This is a dangerous and significant storm, causing major flooding and preventing us from gathering details.”  With rains continuing and more rain forecasted, details of the overflows will be available later in the week.

Residents should avoid contact with any sewer overflow due to the potential for exposure to disease-causing organisms.  Residents are also asked to report any overflow from a manhole.  Storm sewers and sanitary sewers may lift and move manhole covers creating a dangerous fall hazards when the overflow ceases.  Contact WLSSD at 722-3336, extension 301, 24-hours per day to report overflowing manholes or any open manhole.

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, a special purpose subdivision of the state of Minnesota provides wastewater and solid waste services to residents, businesses and industries within its 500 square mile legislative boundaries in Southern St. Louis and northern Carlton counties. and is a nationally recognized leader in pollution prevention.