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Concerns over flooding to Quincy's water treatment plant

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - If the river level continues to rise, Quincy city officials say more action will need to be taken to protect the city's water treatment plant.

Sandbags are already up around the intake well, which is where the water is pumped from the river into the treatment plant. If the well were to flood, City Engineer Jeffrey Conte says they would no longer be able to pump water into area homes and businesses.

"They were predicting a crest in the mid 25 to 26 range," Conte said. "The top of that intake well is 22 feet so once it gets over 22 feet we have to take precautions to make sure we don't flood the inside of the pumping station."

As of now, Conte says their main concern is seepage.

"Right now the river is higher than the ground we're standing on," Conte said. "You can see some of the water coming through the sheet piling wall. We have water coming through the wall and also water coming up underneath through the ground, through the poor soil. At this point in time it's just making sure we can pump that seepage water out of here."

Despite the concerns, Conte says they're in better shape this year than in previous years thanks to a backup generator. The generator is capable of running the entire water treatment plant in case of a power outage.
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