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Severe storms cause sewage overflow at Cleveland's Edgewater Beach

Visitors, particularly children, the elderly and those in ill health, are advised to avoid contact with the water off of Edgewater Beach.

CLEVELAND — The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) is advising people to stay out of the waters off Edgewater Beach after a sewage overflow took place during Monday evening's storm. 

The last overflow event occurred exactly one year ago on August 8, 2021. There were four overflows in 2020. 

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The NEORSD says Monday's overflow discharged a combination of sewage and stormwater into Lake Erie, exceeding the 25-year capacity of the sewer system. Visitors, particularly children, the elderly and those in ill health, are advised to avoid contact with the water and woody debris.

"When Edgewater overflows, we'll send crews in the morning to grab samples and then we send crews out in the afternoon to grab samples. That testing takes about 24 hours, so we won't have that first result until tomorrow (Wednesday) morning," says NEOSRD communications manager Jeanie Smith.

NEOSRD officials say there have been 11 storms over the last five years that have caused overflows at Edgewater Beach. 

After last year's overflow event, NEOSRD told 3News' Marisa Saenz it had sealed access covers to the beach, removed inflatable dams, and improved ventilation at the Edgewater Marina treatment plant in an effort to prevent overflows. 

This is a developing story. Stay with 3News for more details as they become available.

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