Blocked Line Causes Indianola Wastewater Release

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By Liz Blood

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a blocked line caused the release of untreated wastewater in Indianola.

City workers discovered the problem Friday morning on the city's eastside. They think the wastewater had been flowing for at least a day but didn't know how much water had been released.

The wastewater reached Short Creek, which flows into the South River and then into the Des Moines River.

The DNR says crews were inspecting the waterways Friday afternoon and monitoring the cleanup.

The problem apparently was caused by a large chunk of concrete that blocked the sewer line.

Workers had to cut through a wooded area to reach the area and make repairs needed to stop the release of wastewater.

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