Wichita’s wastewater treatment plant lost power

04/15/2012 5:00 AM

08/05/2014 6:53 PM

Sedgwick County officials say Wichita’s primary wastewater treatment plant was without power for a little more than an hour Saturday night.

“Personnel are working to determine any amount of overflow and will be making the necessary report to KDHE,” county officials said in a news release.

In addition to the power outage, the plant at 3100 S. Grove suffered roof damage. “This damage will not prevent meeting treatment requirements,” the news release said.

Officials also report two stretches of roadway that are closed indefinitely: Oliver from 31st South to 47th South and MacArthur between K-15 and Oliver. Some major streets have also been blocked. Pawnee and Rock Road is completely closed, according to Sedgwick County dispatch. People are also being asked to avoid the area of Harry and Webb because of storm damage and McArthur and West because of power lines that are down.

The baseball diamonds at Wichita’s Planeview Park suffered damage as well, including downed light poles, backstops and fences.

Earlier Sunday, local law enforcement blocked off all the side streets in Oaklawn and would only admit residents who could provide identification proving that they lived there.

They were asking people who wanted to help with recovery efforts to call the United Way at 211 rather than head to the area, where traffic is slowing emergency crews.

The Red Cross plans to coordinate volunteers.

The Salvation Army has set up three canteens or emergency disaster mobile feeding kitchens to provide food, snacks and cold drinks to first responders, survivors and cleanup crews. The canteens, from the Salvation Army’s Wichita, El Dorado and Pittsburg locations, are each capable of feeding thousands of people per day.

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