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Fenton waste plant not operating, sewage flowing into rivers and streams

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FENTON (KMOV.com) -

MSD discovered an overflow at the Fenton Waste Water Treatment Plant that resulted in sewage being diverted into rivers and streams in the area.

MSD said late Monday, crews learned the plant was not operating normally. They believe the heavy rain and rising water levels of the Meramec River led to the plant exceeding capacity resulting in an overflow and power outage.

"We suspect the river is going to go three feet above our levy . We expect this plant to be flooded completely before the event is over," said MSD Executive Director Brian Hoelscher.

The sewage typically treated at the plant is not being processed. Instead, it is flowing into nearby rivers and streams, prompting MSD to warn the public to avoid contact with any flood water or sewage in the areas near the plant – located at South Old Highway 141 and Gravois Road.

"Even though the plant is gone, one of the real important things we need to make sure is that we don't have the river flooding people's basements. So, we are going through the collection system and it blocking off and putting up temporary pumps where appropriate," Hoelscher said. 

Officials said the plant usually handles 6.75 million gallons per day, but at the time of the overflow they plant was treating nearly 24 million gallons.

If you should come in contact with the sewage, MSD says you should wash thoroughly with soap and water.

The City of Fenton’s Public Works and the Mo. Department of Natural Resources has been notified, according to MSD.

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