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Plugged pipe blamed for Dubuque sewer overflow

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The City of Dubuque Public Works Department says a plugged pipe is to blame for a sewer overflow that sent wastewater into a creek.

John Klosterman, street/sewer maintenance supervisor, says his department found the overflow at around 9 a.m. Tuesday after people in the area reported an odor.

The plugged sanitary sewer pipe is located in a wooded area north of Dodge Street and east of University Avenue.

Klosterman says the untreated wastewater flowed onto the ground and into the north fork of Catfish Creek.

Crews removed the blockage and routed the untreated wastewater back into the sanitary sewer system.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says people and animals should stay away from the area for 48 hours.

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