NIXA, Mo. – Have you noticed a foul smell around the Nixa area?

Nixa’s Public Information Officer Drew Douglas said city employees noticed a smell Thursday morning but don’t know what time it began.

The City said the issue was not caused by the sewer system. They said the smell may have been caused by a spill of some kind.

MoDOT said crews are expected to clean the sidewalk by Thursday afternoon. The effort will be in cooperation between the city and MoDOT.

MoDOT said the smell is being caused by “animal by-product,” but exactly what happened to make the mess in the first place is still unknown.