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Raw sewage spill zone in Kalamazoo runs through the middle of Homecoming

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Double hatch areas represent sewage overflow areas. Single hatched area called "potential impact area" by health officials.
Double hatch areas represent sewage overflow areas. Single hatched area called "potential impact area" by health officials.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- There is strip of Kalamazoo potentially contaminated by raw sewage that is running right by many of the areas used for WMU’s Homecoming.

The spill from a broken sewage line near Fraternity Village has been leaking for days and was helped along by this week’s rain storm. It contributed some of the raw sewage. There was also an overflow at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Burrows that released 400 gallons of raw sewage just blocks from Waldo Stadium.  

It may have contaminated the Arcadia Creek Basin, which runs just to the north of Stadium Drive all the way along the edge of the WMU Campus past Waldo Stadium, where it is fortunately underground. But it also runs into the downtown and Arcadia Festival Park.

Kalamazoo County Health Director Linda Vail says its under control and they are running tests, but just as long as people avoid direct contact with creek water, which as we said, runs underground near Waldo Stadium, there shouldn’t be a problem.

They are advising people to stay away from areas where the creek is open to the surface, keep children and pets out of there and if they do get in there, to clean and disinfect shoes, clothing and skin thoroughly. 

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