Crews repairing Iowa wastewater leak feeding into Mississippi

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Untreated wastewater was flowing into a ditch that leads to the Mississippi River in Louisa County.

The Iowa DNR said that around noon Thursday, February 20, 2014, lightning knocked out pumps at a wastewater pumping station causing untreated water to flow out.

Officials estimated that 700 gallons of wastewater had discharged by 4:15 p.m. Thursday. Crews were working on repairs, but the leakage continued. They were able to reduce the flow with a secondary pump.

It was expected that the pumping station would be back in order Friday.