The overflow began at approximately 4 p.m. and continued until approximately 5:30 p.m.An estimated 2,500 gallons of raw sewage seeped out during the power outage.
City crews cleaned and treated the ground over which the wastewater flowed before reaching a ditch that eventually reaches the Osage River. The rain that accompanied the storm system mitigated the impact of the spill on the waterway, rendering an on-site investigation impractical.
The department considers discharges of wastewater from sanitary sewer collection systems to be potential threats to public health and the environment. Such discharges have the potential to contaminate lakes and streams, causing serious water quality problems.
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