The remnants of Hurricane Isaac ended a summer-long dry spell. But for some customers of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, it meant flooded backyards and basements.
For decades, MSD funded its stormwater service with a patchwork of different taxes, which allowed the agency to meet its regulatory requirements. But repairs were a different story.
Some parts of the region were flush with cash for capital projects. It took others months or years to accumulate enough funds for even basic repairs.
Earlier this year, a state appeals court struck down a potential solution - a fee based on how much water a property could absorb. An appeal to the state Supreme Court is pending.
For now, MSD has gone back to its old taxing districts - allowing the lingering problems to get worse.