Sewer emergency declared in SE Missouri town

HAYTI HEIGHTS, Mo. (AP) - The state has declared an emergency in a southeast Missouri town for failure to provide safe drinking water and wastewater services.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says it learned over New Year's weekend that people in Hayti (HAY'-teye) Heights had no drinking water, and sewage was backing up into homes and yards.

State investigators found the water plant broken and shut down and the wastewater system overloaded with broken pumps and lift stations.

DNR said Thursday the Missouri Rural Water Association is operating the plant for now.

Hayti Heights is located in the Bootheel, about 15 miles from the Arkansas border.

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