Sewer line breaks in Calamus

A main sewer line that broke in the Clinton County town of Calamus resulted in sewage flowing Saturday into a road ditch that flows to Calamus Creek.

The broken line was discovered and reported shortly before noon Saturday, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said in a news release. The main serves less than half the city and arrangements were being made to have repairs completed as soon as possible.

It was unknown Saturday afternoon how much volume is being bypassed the sewage treatment plant, but there is a high mixture of stormwater because of recent rainfall.

Illinois steps up flood response

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn added Knox, Douglas, Livingston and McDonough to the state's disaster declaration for a total of 41 counties that can get expanded access to state emergency resources. It also will allow the state to formally pursue federal relief and support.

The list also includes Carroll, Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Whiteside counties in the Quad-City area.

The state disaster declaration makes available a wide variety of state resources that can help communities respond and recover from flooding.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is delivering sandbags, plastic, trucks and drivers to communities to assist with sandbagging and providing pumps to Mercer and Henry counties, among others.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency provided a liaison team to Milan to coordinate response efforts along the Mississippi River.

Drivers can visit for the latest road condition and closings reports.

Bustos offers online flood resources

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., launched a “Flood Resources” page on her congressional website to provide information and resources as flooding continues across the 17th District.

The page can be found at


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