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High E-Coli Levels Closes Local Beaches

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MACOMB COUNTY (WWJ) – Three local beaches remain closed after the recent heavy rainfall causes sewer systems to overflow into local waterways.

WWJ’s Ron Dewey reports that most long-time Macomb County residents may look at sewer overflows as a given, but even still, the results from all the rain is breathtaking.

Before the big storms, just over a billion gallons of sewage was discharged into lakes and rivers of Macomb County, and just after three days of heavy rain that number doubled.

Metro Beach in Harrison Township, Blossom Heath and Memorial Park beaches in St. Clair Shores remain closed by high levels of e-coli bacteria.

Meanwhile, a group of sewer and water contractors put Macomb on Michigan’s “dirty dozen” list of counties with the largest sewer overflows. However, officials say they clean and disinfect the discharges in compliance with state’s clean water rules.

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