Dike Break Dumps Potentially Contaminated Water Into Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Environmental regulators will test water from Lake Erie to determine whether it was contaminated when a dike in Toledo broke, dumping tons of potentially contaminated water into the lake.

An environmental group is upset that no one was told about the break until several days after it happened.

The dike broke sometime last weekend at the mouth of the Maumee River. The dike surrounds an island where tons of silt mixed with industrial waste and chemicals dredged from the river have been dumped over the years.

Boaters alerted the U-S. Coast Guard about the break on Saturday, but officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could not view the area until Monday because of shallow water.