Fire at Wastewater Treatment Plant

October 2, 2023

Dear Citizens of Gibbon,

We want to inform you about an incident that occurred on Saturday, September 9th at 1:30pm involving our Wastewater Treatment Plant. A structure fire at the plant resulted in extensive damage to the waste gas building located north of River Street. 

As a result of the damage sustained by the building, the City of Gibbon plant operators will need to make a short-term, but necessary, measure. This involves cutting holes in a few of the inspection caps to facilitate the removal of gases from under the cover, allowing methane and hydrogen sulfide to escape safely. We understand that this may lead to an unpleasant odor reminiscent of rotten eggs in and around the outskirts of town. We want to assure you that this is a temporary situation and an essential step to prevent the accumulation of potentially harmful gases.

Please be aware that while this solution is necessary for safety reasons, it may take some time to complete the repairs and restore the building to full operation mode.  We ask for your understanding and patience as we work diligently to address the situation.

The City of Gibbon is committed to the safety and well-being of its citizens, and we will keep you updated on the progress of the repairs and any further developments related to this incident. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the City of Gibbon office.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this challenging period.


Matt Smallcomb

City Administrator

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