Flood Damage Leads To Furnace Shutdown At U.S. Steel Plant In Gary

Jim Gudas
November 27, 2019 - 9:02 pm
US Steel Works Gary Ind

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GARY, Ind. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A water pipe break led Wednesday to partial flooding that forced U.S. Steel to shut down blast furnaces at its Gary Works plant in Northwest Indiana.

The break was in a pipe that brings Lake Michigan water into the plant to cool furnaces and other steel-making equipment.

A company spokesperson said blast furnaces were shut down as U.S. Steel investigates the break and surveys damage caused by the flooding.

The company confirms “discoloration” was spotted in water at the plant’s outfall.

A company spokesperson says U.S. Steel is working with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to test for any emissions from the plant into the lake.