Residents Beware: Rain Could Cause Combined Sewer Overflow

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

June 30, 2013 Updated Jun 30, 2013 at 6:40 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – In this week's forecast there's a chance of rain almost every day, and that means the city's 100-year old combined sewer system can overflow with sewage in our waterways.

City officials recommend that you avoid direct contact with water in any of the combined sewer overflow areas. Those areas include:

• The St. Joseph River from coliseum to the Maumee River confluence.

• The St. Mary’s river from the airport expressway, also to Maumee River confluence.

• The area where the Maumee connects to the St. Joseph and St. Mary’s rivers through New Haven to Milan Township.

• Spy Run Creek.

City officials say you should stay away and avoid any recreational activities in those areas during storms, and for up to three days afterward.

But, if you make direct contact with sewage-contaminated water wash your hands immediately or use water-less hand sanitizer, especially before eating.

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