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Glenwood water treatment plant shut down due to flooding

Posted at 12:06 PM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 13:06:18-04

GLENWOOD, Iowa. (KMTV) — Power was shut off to the Glenwood Municipal Water Treatment Facility near Pacific Junction, Iowa due to quickly encroaching floodwater.

MidAmerican Energy has determined that the flood waters are an imminent threat to their electrical infrastructure as well as the treatment facility. Officials with Glenwood Municipal Utilities have requested that all water use within their service area be restricted to indoor use only.

Residents are recommended to cut water use by fifty percent and postpone laundry, dishwashing, refrain from watering lawns, and performing other high-volume water activities.

Glenwood Municipal Utilities has advised that their current water storage facilities contain enough water to serve its customers for approximately two days with unrestricted use. Based on current conditions, there is no estimated duration on the water restrictions.

Additionally, Hamburg, Iowa has lost its water treatment plant due to flooding. The power was shut off around 5 p.m. yesterday and water began flooding the plant sometime this morning. Emergency management staff are providing bottled water to residents. The local hospital has been disconnected from the plant, and is currently utilizing other sources.