Investigation underway in retention pond wall failure in Scottsbluff

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - Failure of a retention pond wall in southeast Scottsbluff continues to cause headaches, especially for motorists.

The Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Department says it happened around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday night along the South Beltline Highway. That stretch of pavement from Sugar Factory Road to Highway 26 has been closed ever since, with water also seen to have reached the BNSF railroad tracks.

Heather Luther, a spokesperson for The Western Sugar Cooperative, which owns the pond, says the release was reported to state officials as required, but the water released is considered a non-hazardous material. "There's not concerns of any kind of danger, however what we're doing is we're trying to see how far the water has spread, so we're taking samples in the area to see how far the water reached."
Winter's Creek runs just east of the property, and it's not known at this time if or how much of the released water reached the creek.

Luther also tells us the company has a team in place to try to determine the exact cause of the wall failure and to determine steps to correct the issue.

County roads officials tell us the road will remain closed for the safety of the motoring public, but it is expected to reopen around noon on Thursday.