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Published April 30, 2010, 09:43 AM

Iowa DNR warns of sewage overflow

DES MOINES, Iowa — An overflow of wastewater from a construction site spilled into a creek and farm field on Thursday, forcing authorities build a dike to contain the sewage.

DES MOINES, Iowa — An overflow of wastewater from a construction site spilled into a creek and farm field on Thursday, forcing authorities build a dike to contain the sewage.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says in a release that about 1,000 gallons of sewage reached the creek near the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

A contractor was adding sewer lines to connect communities in the larger Des Moines metro area to the city’s Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority when a sudden surge of sewage overflowed the portable pumps at the construction site.

The DNR says the sewage reached a low spot on the creek and some of it reached the wa-ter.

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