Minnesota flood victims flush bodily waste into rivers

This won't make the clean-up process any easier.

This won't make the clean-up process any easier.

Twenty-four Southern Minnesota towns hit hard by flood waters are diverting their bodily waste into the rivers that temporarily closed their sewage treatment plants.


Dumping the sewage and other waste of two-dozen towns into the rivers may not be the most ideal solution -- it certainly won't make the clean-up process any easier -- but the Faribault Times reports that it won't have a long-term environmental effect. Probably.

Because of the high levels of storm waters, experts say the waste will be too diluted to do much damage. The currents should also move the waste along quickly.

With the treatment plants closed, the flood victims are left with limited options. And dumping waste in the river is at least better than the alternative: not dumping it anywhere.

With any luck, it will be a short-term measure.

Federal and state teams are traveling the southern Minnesota towns hit by the floods all week, attempting to assess the damage.

Yesterday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced a special legislative session that will allow lawmakers to allocate money to the flood victims. The session is expected to be held in early-to-mid October, after the damage is tallied and the shit is safely downstream.