Sewage Spill Into Big Spirit Lake

Date posted - July 11, 2016

Spirit Lake, Iowa – There’s been a sewage spill into a popular northwest Iowa lake.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a blockage in a sewer main caused an estimated 4,000 gallons of wastewater to overflow into Big Spirit Lake late Sunday morning.

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They say the blockage caused wastewater to backup into at least one home and out of a manhole located at 13881 Center Drive. The Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District had stopped the overflow by noon. The DNR says the city of Spirit Lake Water Department was notified of the bypass. Strong south winds on Sunday helped direct the overflow away from the beach and water intake, according to the DNR.

As a precaution, the Ainsworth-Orleans beach owned by the Dickinson County Conservation Board, will post a swimming advisory.

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