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Missing pipe caused sewage to spill into Arkansas creek

A gap in a wastewater connection in a northwestern Arkansas city sent sewage spilling into a local creek. (USDA photo via MGN Online)

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- A gap in a wastewater connection in a northwestern Arkansas city sent sewage spilling into a local creek.

Bentonville public works director Mike Bender tells the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the sewer issue has been repaired and the Town Branch Creek cleaned up.

A city employee noticed a strong odor and dark discharge just north of the former Tyson Foods plant on May 26. An incident report says a dam was installed downstream of the spill to mitigate the contaminated water until crews could identify the source.

Bender says city crews discovered the unconnected line on June 12.

Nabholz Construction was the general contractor overseeing the renovation of the plant. The construction company is conducting an investigation into what went wrong. It's unclear if a fine will be imposed.

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