Caro residents complain of odor problems - WNEM TV 5

Caro residents complain of odor problems

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CARO, MI (WNEM) -

A normally picturesque stretch of the Cass River in Caro is taking visitors' breath away, but not in a good way.

A strong and unpleasant smell is coming from a small stretch of the Cass River known as Caro Lake. The culprit is believed to be a broken gate at the dam just south of the downtown area.

Water levels on the stretch of river are lower than normal, and that is causing the bottom of the river to be exposed along the edges. That can potentially lead to an abundance of hydrogen sulfide gas, which gives off a rotten egg smell.

Residents say the privately owned dam hasn't been working properly since late March. They fear if it isn't fixed soon, the impact will be more severe than just an offensive odor.

Those residents say that visitors to Caro may think this is a permanent smell, and it could depreciate home values in the area.

TV5 put a call in to the owner of the dam to see when it will be fixed and have yet to hear back.

A call was also made to Tuscola County's emergency services director on the impact of the failed dam but haven't received word back.

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