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MSD: heavy rains caused release of wastewater

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- This weekend's heavy rains caused a major failure at one of MSD's water quality plants.

MSD officials say the screening system failed at the Derek Gutherie Plant in southwest Jefferson County.

As a result, MSD estimates 95 million gallons of storm water and wastewater overflowed into Pond and Mill Creeks.

MSD officials say they believe the damage to the environment was minimal.

"The most important part of it is that we are certain that we did not cause any basement backups in the system," said MSD spokesman Brian Bingham. "So while it went into the environment, which is a very big concern to us the bigger concern is that we didn't put it into people's houses or businesses.

MSD says it's working to repair the screens and that a portion of the plant is back in operation.

Since Saturday evening, Louisville received more than 3-inches of rain and MSD officials say its treatment plants reached maximum capacity.

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