Rainfall causes equipment failure at Kansas wastewater plant

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence officials say heavy rainfall has forced its wastewater treatment plant to shut down, diverting sewage into the Kansas River and nearby streams.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Thursday that the exceptionally heavy rainfall caused equipment failure at the Kansas River Wastewater Treatment Plant. The city shut down the plant for repairs.

The city is advising the public and their pets to avoid contact with any floodwater in low-lying flooded areas because of potential contamination.

The city says the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and municipalities downstream have been notified.

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