HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - The Ottawa County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Community Health have been notified of a sewer malfunction in the city of Holland from 4:30 PM to 6 PM on Friday.
It took Holland BPW crews about 90 minutes to cap a manhole that had untreated wastewater flowing out of it. Investigators believe that a power "issue" at a sanitary sewer lift station near Fairbanks Avenue between 8th and 10th Streets led to about 200 gallons of sewage coming out of that manhole per minute, or about 18 thousand gallons, before the situation was brought under control. Some of that sewage was cleaned up by crews, but some also flowed into the nearby Maplewood Intercounty Drain that flows into the Macatawa River.
The situation is under investigation, and utility officials say that there had been no reported cases of illnesses as of Saturday afternoon as a result of this matter.