Heavy rains in Houghton County have resulted in severe erosion and flooding. Municipal water mains located under city streets may have been compromised during the erosion. The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is
issuing a precautionary boil water advisory for any person who is aware that their water service line has been damaged or is experiencing loss of water pressure or discolored water conditions. Bacterial contamination may have occurred in the water system. Residents and businesses, including food establishments, in the Houghton County area
may be affected.
Bacteria are common throughout the environment and generally are not harmful. However, whenever a water system is damaged or loses pressure for any significant length of time or water quality issues are observed, precautionary measures are recommended.