Waters rising around Pekin sewage plant

By Alyssa Donovan

April 23, 2013 Updated Apr 23, 2013 at 7:01 PM CDT

PEKIN, Ill.-- Flood waters around the Pekin waste water treatment plant are rising.

The Pekin sewage plant is completely underwater.
City manager Joe Wuellner says the flood was caused by a pipe failure on Sunday night.

Crews tried for several hours to plug the leak but the entire plant is now submerged.

Wuellner said, "We're trying some pumps down in that low area. We'll try to get the water pumped back out across the tracks into the river and try to mitigate as much damage as we can down there. We're hopeful that it'll crest where they say and then go down quickly and we'll start cleaning up after that."

The entire road leading up to the plant is underwater about 2 or 3 feet.

The plant is still functioning and Wuellner says as soon as the river starts receding they can start pumping out the water out of the plant.

Pekin City Engineer Michael Guerra said, “We've been maintaining as much operation as we can. We've lost a few components due to the flooding. Right now we still have about half to 3 quarters of the process that are still operational because the new plant is above this level."

Crews are using boats to get to the functioning side of the plant to make sure everything continues working the way it's supposed to.