UPDATE: Traverse City Didn't Have Permits for Waterscape - Northern Michigan's News Leader

UPDATE: Traverse City Didn't Have Permits for Waterscape

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City officials say they've gotten about a dozen calls reporting illnesses after the new splash pad rained sewage on children.

Illnesses range from gastrointestinal to a rash.

The department says the symptoms are consistent with exposure to raw sewage.

Last Sunday morning, the city realized that a sewer pump station failed.

Officials have said the splash pad didn't have some permits that are typically needed for operation.

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The brand new Milliken Waterscape at Clinch Park had a shortened grand opening weekend after a sewer back up lead to untreated water flowing through the sprinklers.

The pumps were turned off but not until 5 or 6 children played in the dirty water.

The DEQ is saying Traverse City did not have the proper permits to open the waterscape yet.

The city was rushing to get the facility open by the National Cherry Festival and were told by the DEQ they could open at their own risk.

The city says it may have been better that they did open the facility than leaving it alone.

9&10 News' Eric Lloyd and photojournalist Martillo Palmer spoke to first responders on the rescue with the city and the DEQ on the permit problems and have more details.

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