Rames Branch in Boonville contaminated with 400,000 gallons of waste

Thursday, September 22, 2011 | 5:32 p.m. CDT; updated 6:01 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 22, 2011

Officials are looking into the release of 400,000 gallons of waste in Rames Branch, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources on Thursday.

The waste came from a manhole near Lift Station #2, located on Water Street, east of Water and Bell streets in Boonville. An electrical system failure at the lift station is believed to be the cause, according to the release.

An investigator from the department also discovered a fish kill in the Rames Branch approximately 250 yards from the Missouri River. The Missouri Department of Conservation has been called in to document the extent of the fish kill.

Cleanup has begun by city crews, and warning signs continue to be posted as cleanup continues.

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