An overflow of the sewer system in Midland.
The town points to the rain overnight as the main culprit for the breach.
“A sewer overflow is when sewage from the sanitary and combined collection systems overflows to the environment. It is often a result of the sewers being too full – typically because of excessive groundwater and stormwater entering the sewer system during heavy rains or rapid snowmelt. “
Some of the extra water is collected by combined sewers. Some of it comes from leaky pipes and maintenance holes and illegally-connected sump pumps, foundation drains and roof downspouts.
Sewer System Overflow Alert – A sewer system overflow occurred overnight due to the rain we received. For details on the overflow visit our Sewer Overflows web page here: https://t.co/JfJ1kQ4kQn pic.twitter.com/UB5Luvj7qh— The Town of Midland (@MidlandON) July 28, 2019
It’s not clear if any homes or businesses were affected by the higher waters or sewage.
The Town of Midland has launched a study to determine where sewer overflows exist and potential solutions.