Officials employ sewage pumps as wastewater plant reaches capacity


The Scott County Emergency Management Agency is employing the use of pumps to move sewage into the rivers as record flooding has caused the wastewater plant to reach capacity.

Officials say the pumps will be used along the Mississippi River to keep sewage backups from happening throughout the Iowa cites along the river.

Authorities advise the following:

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters; 6 inches of fast moving water can sweet you away.
  • Do not drink, cook, or wash clothing with flood waters.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • Be aware of slips, trips, and falls near flooded areas.
  • Be aware that the potential for flash flooding exists near rivers and streams.

The Mississippi River and Rock River hit major flood stage in March 2019 — and it was only the start of flood season. 

The Mississippi River reached 20.68 on April 7 after being expected to crest at 20.6. Current projections suggest a crest of 22.4 this week.

Check river levels any time at and see the top 10 floods at Locks and Dam 15 at Get your latest forecast at

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