Sewage flowing into Brush Creek reduced

Posted at 9:53 PM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 17:32:07-04

The amount of wastewater flowing into Brush Creek has been reduced. 

On Thursday night, thousands of gallons of wastewater went into the creek due to a sewer main break. According to KC Water, wastewater was being discharged into Brush Creek at a rate of approximately 870 gallons per minute. 

The break happened near Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard and Elmwood Avenue just east of 71 Highway. KC Water crews said the line is 6 feet and 50 years old. 

On Friday, crews are on site to investigate, implement bypass pumping and to begin repairs. KC Water said as of Friday morning, the main on the north side of Brush Creek has been filled with concrete which reduced the flow into Brush Creek.

Kip Peterson with KC Water told 41 Action News the south side of the broken pipe is still releasing wastewater into the creek. They are working on a bypass pump but it's not in place yet. 

KC Water said crews will continue working 24/7 until the overflow has been stopped. 

Signs have been posted downstream, along Brush Creek to the Blue River, asking the public to avoid contact with the water. 

The area is a known trouble spot by the city whenever there is heavy rain.



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