Floodwaters cause sewage treatment plant overflow south of Festus

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Volume 37-411 For Immediate Release: Oct. 30, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- The Department of Natural Resources on Friday discovered a small wastewater treatment facility south of Festus had overflowed after being inundated by floodwater. The treatment facility that serves the Festus Fuel and Food Mart had overflowed, causing partially sewage to flow onto the land immediately surrounding the store. The DNR official who discovered the problem ordered the store owner to shut down the bathrooms to prevent additional sewage being sent to the treatment facility. The department also ordered the owner to post signs at his restaurant and gas station cautioning people to stay out of the water because of sewage.

Floodwaters have now receded from the area, but in the coming days DNR officials will give further instructions to the store owner on repairs that may be required at the treatment facility.

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 dnr.mo.gov.