Sewage Seeps Into Kansas River All Weekend

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A power failure allowed more than three million gallons of raw sewage to seep into the Kansas River.

The City says sewage seeped into the river downstream of the the Kansas River Pump Station at 2400 SW Waterworks Drive. The leak began about 1:00 p.m. on Friday.

It wasn't spotted until noon on Sunday when a city employee noticed unusually low flows. The city is investigating why its power supply failed, causing issues with remote monitoring.

You're advised to use normal precautions when accessing the river, such as immediately showering and shampooing your hair, wash all clothing and thoroughly cooking any fish caught in the river.

The city is monitoring bacterial counts.