DNR investigates sewage bypass in Branson

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-421 For Immediate Release: Nov. 6, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is investigating a sewage bypass that resulted in the release of more than 10,000 gallons of untreated waste into an unnamed tributary of Fall Creek in southern Branson Wednesday.

The department learned Friday of the bypass, which was the result of an electrical outage at a lift station near Fall Creek Road. The bypass lasted 15 minutes, releasing an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 gallons of untreated wastewater.

The wastewater made its way to Fall Creek. City staff has drawn samples from the creek for testing and will draw samples again on Monday. Fall Creek drains into Lake Taneycomo. It is not known if any of the wastewater made it to the lake.

The release of untreated sewage from sewer systems represents a potential threat to public health and the environment. Because of this residents are encouraged to avoid contact with the water in Fall Creek until further notice.

To report an environmental emergency, including sewage overflows, please contact the DNR spill line at 573-634-2436. For more information contact the department at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443, or visit the department's Web page at dnr.mo.gov.