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Heavy Rains cause sewer overflow at WPC, manhole covers throughout City

 May 27, 2016

The evening of May 26, 2016, brought heavy rains in excess of an inch an hour. Water Pollution Control staff inspected after the rains on May 27 and found a small stream of wastewater running from the main sewer line near the plant to Five Mile Creek. Once the water in the sewer lines was processed into the plant – reducing the water level in the lines – the leak ceased. A contractor has been hired to investigate the matter.  The Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment has been notified and signs have been posted notifying the public of a contaminated creek on North Second Street.

Additionally, several concerns from citizens reported overflowing manholes that WPC responded to on May 26-27:

  • 10th and Shawnee
  • 1606 Osage
  • 745 Cherokee
  • Second Avenue and Thornton Street
  • Alley north of Second Avenue and Thornton Street

As of May 27, all the lids to manhole covers had been inspected and appeared to be in working order. All have been reported to the KDHE.

The City of Leavenworth ask that for the next several days citizens avoid Three-Mile Creek and  Five Mile Creek areas because of to this contamination. The Three Mile Creek walking trail near the park has already closed because of flooding on the walkway.

Citizens who see a raised or leaking manhole cover should call 913-682-1090 for Water Pollution Control - available 24/7.

leaking manhole cover