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Public Works Office
Candice S. Miller
21777 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036
(586) 469-5325

01/12/2017

Despite Rains, No Sewage Discharge at Sinkhole Site

After nearly an inch and a half of rain over the past 48 hours, as well as several inches of snow, the Office of Macomb County Public Works is pleased to report zero discharge of sewage into local waterways. The rainfall was a concern as the Public Works office continues to deal with reduced sewage flows related to the Fraser sinkhole.

“I simply cannot say enough about the engineers, the construction crews, the emergency management team – all of the people who have been working around the clock on the sinkhole since it developed on Christmas Eve,” said Candice S. Miller, Macomb County Public Works commissioner. “We are truly seeing some of the best examples of the words ‘public servant’ as we work through this emergency.”

Wet weather will continue to be a concern in relation to the sinkhole until a temporary by-pass is fully completed. Reduced water use in the impacted communities -- Fraser, Sterling Heights, Utica and New Haven and Chesterfield, Shelby, Clinton, Harrison, Lenox, Washington, and Macomb townships, plus Selfridge Air National Guard Base – remains strongly encouraged.

Miller said crews at the sinkhole site continue to work to build in temporary flow capacities to guard against any future discharge. As that process continues, engineers and planners continue to develop the long-term repair plans for the massive 11-foot diameter sewer line that runs along 15 Mile Road.

“We have had a number of initial meetings with representatives of the governor’s office and have been communicating with our federal legislators as well,” Miller said. “This is going to be an expensive fix and we are seeking any and all potential streams of revenue to help pay for this project.