KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Authorities overseeing a Kansas City wastewater treatment plant say a storm-driven power outage over the weekend forced the plant to dump several million gallons of untreated wastewater into the Blue River.
The Kansas City Star reports that the KC Water Blue River Wastewater Treatment Plant dumped about 42.5 million gallons of untreated wastewater from Saturday afternoon into early Sunday. KC Water spokeswoman Heather Frierson says that came to a rate of about 3.4 million gallons an hour.
The Blue River begins in Johnson County, Kansas, and flows across the state line before connecting with the Missouri River.