CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Tuesday night's torrential rainfall caused an overflow of raw sewage and stormwater into Lake Erie.
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District posted a public advisory urging swimmers, especially children, the elderly, and those with health conditions, to avoid entering the water at Edgewater Beach.
Raw sewage began overflowing at the beach just before midnight on Monday and was confirmed by sewer district officials before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.
"Our region has experienced many strong storms in recent years, an ongoing trend that we will see more of in the future," said Frank Greenland, Director of Watershed Programs with the NEORSD. "CSOs, along with flooding and streambank erosion, all impact water quality throughout our region Fortunately, the Sewer District is developing a regional solution to manage these sizeable issues and protect our region's greatest natural resource: Lake Erie."
The NEORD says the volume of sewage and stormwater overflows into Lake Erie has decreased from 9 billion gallons to 4.5 billion gallons. The sewer department's improvements to Northeast Ohio's infrastructure have helped with the combined sewer overflow discharges.