Grants Pass sewage pump forced to close due to excess rain water

gp-sewage-picGrants Pass, Ore. — Heavy rain in Grants Pass forced the closure of a sewage pump station on Sunday.

Operations specialists with the Water Restoration Plant said rain water flooded the pipelines. As a result, the Redwood Pump Station was shut off, and the sewage was diverted to the Rogue River.

“There’s not a whole lot that it handles, the flows on that, in a month, don’t reach that much,” Operations Specialist Josh Shight said. “Most of what was coming into the station was rain water.”

The Redwood Pump Station was shut off from 1:45 PM on Sunday, until just after 8 AM Monday morning. Plant workers said there shouldn’t be any environmental impacts.

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Natalie took a break from news to work for the Medford Police Department as a Records Specialist. However, she missed the fast-paced environment of the newsroom. Natalie moved back to her hometown of Eureka, California to start her on-air career with North Coast News KAEF ABC23 before returning once again to NBC5 News.

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