KALAMAZOO (WWJ/AP) – About 300,000 gallons of sewage has overflowed from a Kalamazoo sewer into a wetlands area.

City workers said Friday that a blockage allowed the overflow of raw sewage near Nazareth Road. They are working through the weekend to clean up the mess.

City and county health officials are advising people in the area to avoid any contact with surface water and to keep children and pets away.

The sewage overflow’s impact on the wetlands and nearby Averill Lake was being assessed.

Residents with concerns about water quality are urged to call 269-373-5210.

MLive.com reported that about 600,000 gallons of raw sewage overflowed in the same area in April last year. That incident was blamed on vandalism.

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