Flood Details (Monday, June 23, 2014)
At approximately 2:30 PM yesterday, Sunday June 22nd, we believe that lightning struck the Water Treatment Plant at Riverview Park. This caused a valve that pumps water out of the system to fail, essentially reversing the flow of water back into the plant at an accelerated rate.
When it was safe to do so, we were able to shut off this valve that was causing the flooding. However, the result was flooding of several rooms in the lower part of the plant which contained a number of electric valve instruments.
Our Water Plant crew worked throughout the night and will continue throughout the day today to clean debris and continue monitoring water tower levels, which have all remained stable. As of right now we are using clean water out of our storage tanks.
We want to remind the public that the water is completely safe to consume, and we are hopeful that one pump will be up and running by the end of the day today which will allow for us to regain the ability to produce clean water in manual mode by late this evening.
As of right now, there is no offical concern for residents to start conserving water. We are confident that the plant will be restored before this is necessary.
Thank You to P&D Electric and Richards Electric, Quincy for working diligently with us to help restore the plant as quickly as possible.