CLEVELAND — An advisory has been issued for Edgewater Beach after the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewage District said Monday's rainfall caused a raw sewage overflow into Lake Erie.
The overflow happened around 10:15 a.m.
According to the district, combined sewers carry stormwater and sewage in the same pipe.
NOTICE: This morning’s downtown deluge resulted in a combined sewer overflow event at our Edgewater CSO.— NE Ohio Regional Sewer (@neorsd) September 7, 2020
Overflow events here are rare and video of them occurring are even more so, but our sewer maintenance crew was on site at the time. Details to follow. pic.twitter.com/7dqTJX51Sn
Anyone at the beach is asked to avoid swimming in the water.
“Our region has experienced many strong storms in recent years, an ongoing trend that we will see more of in the future,” said Director of Watershed Programs Frank Greenland. “CSOs, along with flooding and streambank erosion, all impact water quality throughout our region. Fortunately, the Sewer District is developing a regional solution to manage these sizeable issues and protect our region’s greatest natural resource: Lake Erie.”
The last overflow happened on July 27.