Millions of Gallons of Wastewater Poured Into Oleta River State Park During Weekend Floods

Miami-Dade County has placed swimming advisories all around Oleta.
Miami-Dade County has placed swimming advisories all around Oleta.
Photo by Ebyabe | Wikimedia Commons CC 2.0

The rains of God came down Saturday. The result was flooded streets, stranded cars, and bone-soaked tourists.

All in all as much as eight inches dropped on parts of Miami-Dade, along with strong winds. If you were caught in Saturday afternoon's downpour, you already know it sucked. Especially if your car got stuck. Or your dog drifted away.

But the rains also claimed another victim: Oleta River State Park, which happened to be inundated by millions of gallons of wastewater.

"There was a temporary overflow of partially treated effluent due to rainfall yesterday at the North District Wastewater Treatment Plant," according to a the county release. "As a result, approximately 5 million gallons of partially treated effluent was released into surrounding wetlands, and potentially impact adjacent surface waters."

The county, in return, placed swimming advisories all around Oleta, including many of Miami's most popular weekend swimming and boating holes: Maul Lake, Sand Spur Island, the Oleta River, and Biscayne Bay inside Haulover Inlet all made the warning list.

As of this morning, authorities "are testing the affected waters and the advisory remains in effect until test results are clear," the county says.

It's not hard to see how the disastrous overflowed happened. All of Miami seemed to sink underwater by Saturday afternoon, as thunderous rains pelted the metro area:

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