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Wastewater Treatment Plant in Fenton not operating; raw sewage flowing into river

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FENTON, MO (KTVI)- The Metropolitan Sewer District's Fenton Wastewater Treatment Plant is not operating. Crews made the discovery Monday evening at the plant located near the intersection of South Old Highway 141 and Gravois Road.

They believe heavy rainfall along with the rising of the Meramec River caused the treatment plant inflow to exceed capacity. This caused water overflowing the plant controls and a power outage to the entire treatment plant.

Sewage that's normally treated at this plant is not being treated at this time. It's being diverted into nearby rivers and streams.

Please avoid contact with any flood water or sewage in low lying flooded areas near the plant. If you come into contact with flood water or sewage in this area, thoroughly wash with soap and water.

The City of Fenton's Public Works Department has been notified.

This is a developing story.

FOX 2 will keep you updated as details become available.