Traverse City beaches reopen after shutdown due to sewage

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – Thinking about heading up north this weekend? Traverse City officials have reopened several beaches that were closed as a precaution after a sewer overflow sent more than 3,000 gallons of untreated sewage down a street and possibly into West Grand Traverse Bay.

The Grand Traverse County Health Department on Tuesday lifted no-body-contact orders for the beaches.

Officials have said debris blocked a sewage pipe, causing sewage to flow Saturday down a roadway and into the Kids Creek area before city employees could clear the blockage.

City officials warned beach goers against any contact with the water at Clinch, Sunset and Bryant park beaches and also closed the Traverse City Senior Center Beach and Kids Creek. Tests this week found E. coli levels to be below amounts that would require an advisory.

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