Fraser sinkhole latest: Rain could cause problems, officials say
FRASER, Mich. – Rain in Tuesday's weather forecast has officials concerned about another sewage backup in Macomb County.
Officials tell Local 4 a small amount of water could cause another backup which could force another sewage dump into the Clinton River.
Previous report: Sewage no longer being pumped into Clinton River
Crews have been working around the clock since the drain interceptor collapsed Dec. 24 beneath a neighborhood along 15 Mile Road near Utica Road. The collapse forced families from their homes and eventually sent sewage into the Clinton River.
Those living in the affected communities are asked to continue to limit their water usage.
There will be more impact on traffic in the area this weekend: Utica Road at 15 Mile Road will be closed starting at 9 p.m. Friday (02/10/2017) through 8 a.m. Monday (02/13/2017), according to the city of Fraser.
Meanwhile, Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit have been monitoring the work at the sinkhole with our 24-hour live camera -- watch above.
Residents gathered at Fraser City Hall last week where engineers told the crowd the problem for the collapse is threefold: unreinforced pipe, a high water table and a lot of silt.
The fix for the interceptor is reportedly around $80 million. Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller is trying for state and federal monies to soften the blow, but nothing has come through yet. If nothing comes through, the county will sell bonds in stages.
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