By Kayla Brantley For Dailymail.com
Published: 14:45 BST, 25 August 2019 | Updated: 14:49 BST, 25 August 2019
The city of Flint, Michigan, has dumped an estimated 2million gallons of raw sewage into the Flint River last week, worsening the city's water crisis.
The spill occurred on August 18, but the city failed to disclose just how much sewage went into the river until a partial report was filed with the Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy on August 20.
Residents have been urged to steer clear of the Flint River in order to avoid exposure to high levels of bacteria.
This spill has come just months after officials warned wastewater infrastructure was approaching a 'critical point' as the water crisis continues five years on.
A report from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy stated that 2million gallons of untreated sewage spilled into the Flint River
Late Saturday night, more than 2.2inches of rain fell in the Flint area in a three-hour period.
According to the report, a 'flash flood event' occurred 'which exceeded the plant's primary settling tanks causing overflow onto the ground