From St. Louis to just north of Sioux City, the Missouri River is now closed to all commercial and recreational vessels. The US Coast Guard says the closure is due to existing hazards such as drift and high water. Boats may cause damage to or overtopping of levees. The closure will remain in effect until water levels decrease to a safe condition.
Vessels being used for flood mitigation or restoration and fortification of levees may continue to operate, but minimize their wake to the greatest extent possible.
A northwest Iowa city discharging untreated wastewater into the Little Sioux River has contracted with a manure hauler to stop the releases.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the hauler is pumping wastewater from the city of Quimby’s lift station into a tanker and transporting it across the river into the city’s lagoon.
State environmental officials estimate at least 15,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was going into the river each day from a city sewer line break
. The river has been above minor flood stage this past week. Tom Roos (like noose) with the DNR says it likely diluted the wastewater, avoiding any environmental impacts like a fish kill.
We’ve just asked the city to take a look and see. We don’t anticipate any type of fish kill or any other significant environmental impacts from it.
Quimby’s wastewater operator declined to comment.