DES MOINES - The city of Chariton reported both wastewater pumps at a small pump station were clogged. The operator reported the pumps were going to be pulled and cleaned. The DNR instructed the operator to dam the slow discharge while cleaning the pumps. The dam was built, but breached, sending a maximum of 900 gallons of wastewater into a tributary to White Breast Creek.
The city will lime the effected ground's surface leading up to, but not in, the creek at one-half mile north of 19th Street and Curtis Ave. The DNR cautions people to keep children and pets out of the area for at least 48 hours. The city of Chariton will receive a notice of violation.
The pump station is back in operation.