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July 19, 2013

State of emergency ends at plant


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Mayor Michael Tucker has lifted the state of emergency at the city's wastewater treatment plant.



The mayor's office reported Friday morning that the facility, which was hit hard by heavy flooding on June 28, has returned to a normal operating procedure.



The state of emergency was declared for the West Jackson Street facility on July 5. When he issued the declaration, Tucker explained that it would help get the plant repaired faster.



Damage to the plant occurred after the city was swamped with five inches of rain in just a few hours. The plant's grit collector and a clarifying tank broke down during the storm.



Repairs were originally expected to cost about close to $200,000 but the final bill is expected to be less than $34,000.



STC Construction of Rochester repaired the grit collector, which collects pebbles and stone from storm water. Norman Allen, the city's director of engineering and public works, said STC retrieved 25 tons of stone form the collector.