Sewage bypass in Iberia enters unnamed tributary to Rabbithead Creek

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-410 For Immediate Release: Oct. 30, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- The Department of Natural Resources has been notified by the City of Iberia of a sewer line break at the wastewater treatment facility operated by the city. A break in a six-inch sewer line caused several hundred gallons of untreated sewage to spill into an unnamed tributary of Rabbithead Creek. City crews began containing sewage at lift station to avoid the line break. Pressure caused by the sewage at a lift station then caused a manhole to overflow, resulting in several hundred more gallons entering the tributary.

Pump trucks are now removing the sewage from the lift station, which has stopped the overflow, and city officials estimate repairs to the broken line should be complete by late Friday evening. The release of untreated sewage from sewer systems is a threat to public health and the environment.

To report an environmental emergency, including sewage overflows, please contact the DNR spill line at 573-634-2436. For more information contact the department at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443, or visit the department's Web page at