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Tyson pork plant stays closed due to flooding

Tyson Foods announced that it's Columbus Junction, Iowa, pork plant likely will remain idle through this weekend as flood waters rise in southeast Iowa. The facility has a slaughter capacity of some 9,000 hogs per day.

Tyson workers have been successful in protecting the plant from flooding by using sandbags and building dikes. "We appreciate their efforts and are thankful our facility remains dry," he said. "However, since nearby roads, as well as some of the homes of our workers are flooded, we are extending the suspension of production at the plant. It now may be Saturday or possibly next Monday before the plant resumes operations."

Flooding in the region forced Tyson to also scale back operations at its Perry, Iowa, pork plant. Cargill Meat Solutions took similar precautions at its Ottumwa, Iowa, pork plant.

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