Meramec River

Provided by Nick Norman

A group of residents in Franklin County want to sue state and local officials for authorizing a gravel mining project that could threaten the gray bat, an endangered species. 

The Citizens for Preservation of the Meramec River on Aug 3., filed a notice to sue the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission and Meramec Aggregates, Inc.  The Great Rivers Environmental Law Center is representing the 25-member group.

Carolina Hidalgo I St. Louis Public Radio

Many St. Louis-area residents were still enjoying a long weekend and the end of the Christmas holiday when the flood warnings first went out on Dec. 26. 

Over the next days, the Mississippi, Missouri and Meramec rivers rose to dangerous heights at unprecedented speed in some areas. The water spilled over levees, put water treatment plants out of service, and swamped thousands of homes and businesses in riverside communities.

The Fenton Water Treatment Plant has been knocked off line due to historic flooding
Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Warnings to avoid contact with flood water. An executive order temporarily waiving Missouri Department of Natural Resources regulations. Periodic updates on the millions of gallons of raw sewage flowing into the Meramec River due to shuttered wastewater treatment plants.

St. Louis Public Radio referenced these announcements as they happened in the course of reporting on the human and economic toll wrought by the record-high waters. But what impact, if any, do those warnings and waivers have on the environment?

Mia Fernandez, 9, and her brother Mason, 6, help clean up inventory at an ACE Hardware in Eureka with their father, Danny.
Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio

Floodwaters are continuing to recede along the Meramec River, and emergency workers are taking stock of the damage. According to early estimates, as many as 1,000 structures had water damage in St. Louis County over the past few days. Personnel from the Department of Public Works, however, cautioned that the number will likely change.  

The flooding Meramec River is taking a toll in Pacific.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Update 11:10 a.m. Friday - According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, as of 10 a.m. Friday, "Both directions of Interstate 44 in St. Louis County are now open between mile marker 253 and 274. Interstate 55 at the St. Louis County and Jefferson County line opened earlier today. All interstates in Missouri are now open to traffic.

"In the St. Louis area, Route 21 and Route 30 remain closed at the Meramec River and Route 141 is still closed at I-44 and at Route 21."

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Updated 3:27 p.m. to correct Combs current age. He is 43 years old.

A man who gave alcohol to minors during an outing along the Meramec River during which one of them drowned will spend a year in jail for his crime.

Courtesy the Open Spaces Council

Volunteers in St. Louis and eastern Missouri spent the weekend sprucing up 500 miles of the Meramec River and its tributaries.

From tires to an old sink, teams hauled away boat loads of junk, literally.

Callie Walla is the event and volunteer coordinator for The Open Space Council, which organized the event.

She said the low water level brought on by the lingering drought made it easier and safer for everyone.

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An autopsy has determined that a St. Louis County boy found dead in the Meramec River drowned.

The body of 12-year-old Christopher Marks of Affton was recovered Tuesday afternoon about six miles downstream from where a search began. He had been missing since Sunday while on an outing with relatives in a conservation area.

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The St. Louis County Police have confirmed that a body pulled from the Meramec River earlier this afternoon is that of a missing Affton boy.

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Updated at 2:05 p.m. July 3:

As of 1:30 p.m., the boil order that had been in effect for 8,000 Missouri American Water customers in south St. Louis County was lifted. The utility is recommending that customers in the affected area flush their plumbing by letting faucets run for a few minutes.

The affected ZIP codes were:

  • St. Louis County portions of 63026
  • St. Louis County portions of 63049
  • Portions of 63088 that are south of the Meramec River.

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This week’s heavy rainfall has increased the potential for isolated floods in portions of the state, although no major flooding is expected. 

Right now, a flood warning is in effect for the Meramec River in St. Louis County, which could lead to some local street flooding. 

John Campbell, operations chief for the State Emergency Management Agency explains why, and where, the flooding could occur.