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Untreated wastewater enters Missouri River after treatment plant loses power

"Avoid wading, swimming and other primary body contact with the waters of the Missouri River in the area near and several miles downstream from river mile 597 at the confluence of the Papillion Creek and the Missouri River." (Photo: MGN Graphics)

City officials are urging the community to avoid the Missouri River after a treatment plant lost power following Friday evening's storm.

Due to storm damage to power lines serving the Papillion Creek Water Resource Recovery Facility Friday evening, roughly 60 million gallons per day of untreated wastewater is being discharged to the Missouri River.

City officials say the damage to the electrical infrastructure serving the Facility is substantial.

Omaha Public Power District officials are unsure when power to the Facility will be restored.

Until repairs are completed the Omaha Public Works Department is issuing the following notice:

Avoid wading, swimming and other primary body contact with the waters of the Missouri River in the area near and several miles downstream from river mile 597 at the confluence of the Papillion Creek and the Missouri River.

This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

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