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Sanitary sewer overflow in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - A pipe blockage caused the City of Dubuque to bypass untreated wastewater into a tributary of the Catfish Creek.

At 1:00 PM Wednesday, a City of Dubuque Public Works Department crew discovered a sanitary sewer overflow in the North Catfish Creek valley in western Dubuque.  City crews are working to remove the blockage in the sewer line. The cause of the blockage is unknown at this time.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources cautions people to keep their children and pets away from the north fork of the Catfish Creek in the Camelot Drive area for the next 48 hours. 

The City is sampling and testing levels of fecal coliform bacteria, chemical biological oxygen demand, and total suspended solids.  Results of the tests will be available in about five days.  The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will continue to monitor the situation.

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