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West Frankfort to get new sewer plant with $6.4 million grant

WEST FRANKFORT, IL (KFVS) - The city of West Frankfort is in need of a new waste water management plant.

The facility floods and the problems prove costly for city leaders and the folks who live there.

However, FEMA has stepped in and is helping saving millions of dollars for the Franklin County city.

Over the last 10 years, the city's water treatment plant has flooded three times.

You can only image the mess it made.

“During that time, the sewer plant was offline for months,” said U.S. Congressman Bill Enyart.

“Then you had downstream pollution that nobody wants and nobody needs,” said West Frankfort Mayor Tom Jordan.

City leaders knew something had to be done but finding the money to fix the problem would mean placing the burden on folks who call West Frankfort home.

“Twenty to $30 increase in sewer rates over the next 30 years,” said Mayor Jordan.

But with the help of FEMA, that won't be the case.

A $6.4 million check was presented to the city for a new waste water treatment plant.

“It is going to enable us to relocate our sewer plant to higher ground so that the flooding won't be a problem,” said Mayor Jordan.

West Frankfort Mayor Tom Jordan says the city will put more than $2.5 million of their own money toward upgrading the plant.

Construction will start next spring and will take three years to complete.

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