The Gazette covers City Hall, now a flood-damaged icon on May's Island in the Cedar River

The DNR has a quick word of advice: Stay out of the water

In Floods on June 11, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Mike Wade, a senior environmental specialist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says no waste-water treatment plant is working as it should anywhere on the Cedar River in Iowa.

As a result, raw sewage is apt to be in any water — in the river, in the street, in the basement, he said.

“There’s raw waste running in every town,” Wade said. “… Don’t be playing in any street water in town.”

Wade said most of the water is well-diluted with rain water and ground water, but, nonetheless, pathogens are in it.


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