Flooding forces sewage to be diverted into Lake Michigan

Michael Hawthorne, reporting for the Chicago Tribune:


After several days of rain, an overnight deluge overwhelmed Chicago’s underground labyrinth of aging sewers and giant tunnels Thursday, forcing a noxious mix of sewage and stormwater into local waterways and Lake Michigan.

The city's old sewer infrastructure can not handle the volume of water, so it ends up polluting lakes and rivers. Time to invest in the basics (e.g., waste management) instead of luxuries (e.g., big roads dominated by single-occupancy cars).