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No contact still in effect due to raw sewage in Clark Lake

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Posted at 12:11 AM, Aug 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-10 00:11:21-04

JACKSON COUNTY, Mich. — A no contact order is still in effect after 4000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into southern Clark Lake on Thursday.

Now, homeowners along Clark Lake have a bit of a headache on their hands-- a damaged sewage pipe.

"Usually we get people in here by noon one o clock there ready to hit the beach and ready to have a good day but with the, everything going on it's been a little slow today," Elijah Newton from the Clark Lake Beach and Boat Club said.

Columbia Township is telling people to stay out of the south side of the lake near the Q Lane until further notice.

"A line to the power line and they hit the sewage line and it overflowed through a drain into the lake," Carl Spaeth, homeowner on Clark Lake, said.

Spaeth said that township workers responded to the damage really quickly.

"I think they were responsive and got out here quickly and it sounds like they got it cut off pretty quickly which is good," Spaeth said.

Spaeth also said that his home didn't get too damaged.

Raw sewage is often filled with potentially dangerous bacteria like E.Coli. The "no contact" order won't be lifted until tests show bacteria levels are safe.

Consumers Energy and Brooklyn Village were out testing the water and will continue to test until it is safe to swim.

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