Sinkhole situation worsens as officials fear sewage discharge

Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press on January 26, 2017

Shifting sediment has nearly blocked the collapsed sewer interceptor at a sinkhole in Fraser, prompting a call from Macomb County Public Works officials for more than a half-million county residents and tens of thousands of businesses to restrict water usage to prevent a sewage discharge into the Clinton River.

This is the biggest concern officials have faced since the sinkhole was discovered on Dec. 24 -- a problem that temporarily displaced residents in 23 houses -- with three of the homes being condemned.

The 11-foot wide interceptor pipe along 15 Mile Road near Eberlein Drive had a very small area of flow, but now there's very little flow because of silt, Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller told the Free Press today.

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