Kalamazoo Sewer Backup Map

A map shows areas affected by a sewer backup (October 5, 2012)

A sanitary sewer overflow is affecting parts of a university campus and a festival site, according to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Services.

Around 10:15 a.m. Friday, KDPS workers were notified of a sewer overflow from a manhole located on the northwest corner of Michigan Ave. and Burrows Rd. In all, at least 400 gallons of sewage were discharged. The blockage that caused the overflow was cleared up by 11:30 a.m.

The overflow did affect parts of Arcadia Creek after waste spilled into a storm drain basin located near the manhole. A previous overflow, on Fraternity Village Drive on Western Michigan University's campus, has been located and is scheduled for repair on Saturday.

City personnel are continuing to monitor the impact of the overflow, particularly concerning Arcadia Creek. For now, authorities are advising that all people avoid contact with the creek from Fraternity Village Drive to the Downtown Arcadia Festival site. If contact is made with sewage, the city is advising thoroughly disinfecting shoes, clothing, and skin.

Water Reclamation Plant personnel notified the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department, Environmental Health Division of the discharge.