Sewage entering Upper Iowa River in Chester

CHESTER, Iowa (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources says sewage is being sent into the Upper Iowa River as crews work to repair a broken sewer main in the small northern Iowa city of Chester.

The DNR says sewage began flowing into the river Friday morning but that the flow of wastewater would likely end later in the day when workers complete repairs on a 6-inch main.

It’s unclear how much sewage was entering the river.

The DNR says people and pets should avoid the Upper Iowa River near Chester for at least the next 24 hours, though the agency notes the river is running very high, and it’s unlikely many people would enter it this weekend.

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