Sewage leak from busted pipe in Ann Arbor park

Posted at 5:27 AM, May 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 07:09:14-04

This morning, there are major clean-up efforts going on in Ann Arbor after a busted pipe leaked thousands of gallons of raw sewage.

It happened at Bird Hills Park near Newport and M-14. The city says an estimated 36,000 gallons of sewage spilled in the wooded area around the park and into a Huron River tributary. 

We're told no drinking water is impacted, but if you come to the park, they warn you to stay on the trails and keep pets on a leash.

According to the announcement on the city's website, the sewage leaked out of a manhole for at least two days.

They first got a report of a sewage smell last Friday. They came out several times over the weekend to check, but couldn't find anything until Monday morning.

The city says the sewer pipe was damaged by tree roots. 

We're told they stopped the spill, and now they are working to neutralize and accelerate decomposition. 

The Huron River is safe to use for recreational purposes due to dilution effects, according to the city.