Flooding continues to be a concern on the Gogebic Range.
Written by Jesse Baroka on April 25, 2019
WAKEFIELD – Flooding continues to be a concern on the Gogebic Range. Yesterday Sunday Lake and the Little Black River overflowed their banks, causing street closures in Wakefield. Water on the south side of the lake had reached U.S. 2, although it did not pool on the highway. Wakefield City workers and students from the Wakefield-Marenisco k-12 School spent much of the day yesterday laying sand bags in an effort to control the surge of water. However water did reach Eddy Street, as well Charles Street, forcing closures. The closed streets remain close this morning Wakefield City crews will be evaluating the roads today. The city was also forced to release “untreated, highly diluted, raw sewage” into the storm water system, which flows into Planters Creek. There was no discharge into Sunday Lake. In a separate press release issued yesterday, Wakefield City Manager Bob Brown stated that the discharge posed no health risk in relation to city drinking water or any other issue. He explained that the action was necessary “to prevent and lessen diluted, untreated sewage from backing up into basements.” Brown says “The city is in the early process of developing a multi-year strategic plan to improve the capability, capacity, and reliability of our sanitary sewer system” He concluded that the city “continues to coordinate with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Gogebic Health Department.” The National Weather Service says rivers will continue through much this week.