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High Ridge water plant operating again after being impacted by floodwaters

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Officials in High Ridge, Missouri said the District 2 water treatment plant is working again after being impacted by floodwaters Wednesday morning.

The plat was under water, and all sandbagging efforts were stopped after the floodwaters hit the plant Wednesday. The district's tanks were expected to last about a day, and after that a boil order was issued.

Even though the plant is back up and running, purification efforts are not back to normal. The current boil order effects about 20,000 people in the High Ridge area.

In an attempt to prevent the floodwaters from breaching the plant, pre-maid sandbags were shipped in and hundreds of volunteers came out to help put them down. 

According to the Jefferson County Emergency Management office, a sandbag wall failed, allowing the flood water into the plant. Officials considered several options, including bringing in large sandbags to build a new wall around the plant, then pump out the water, as well bringing in tanker trucks with clean drinking water to fill the water district's tank. 

Ultimately, the decision was made to bring in the tanker trucks, which ensured water for customers in the southern half of the district. For customers in the northern half of the district, officials planned to facilitate an emergency connection with Missouri American Water in the area of Old Gravois Road in Fenton. 

Last week, officials with the plant said if the facility were to flood, the plant would have to shut down and be completely cleaned; an enormous undertaking for the small operation.

The plant provides water to residents and businesses in High Ridge and northern House Springs.

Jefferson County residents dealing with flood damage are encourage to call the United Way’s 211 number to help with recovery resources.

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