3:04 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

MSD developing new back-up power monitoring system for pumping stations

Cleanup along Dryden Court in St. Louis two days after sewer backups triggered massive flash flooding in June 2011. Power outages at MSD's pumping stations caused the floods, but a new system to monitor the power for those stations is forthcoming.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District says it will be developing a new system to monitor back-up power sources at its pumping stations.

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9:29 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, September 26, 2012

MSD is holding the first in a series of public hearings regarding a proposal that would increase customer wastewater rates to help fund more than a billion dollars in needed wastewater system investments.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

MSD holds public hearings on rate increase

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District's independent Rate Commission is holding the first in a series of public hearings Monday on a proposed rate increase. The proposal would increase customer wastewater rates to help fund more than a billion dollars in needed wastewater system investments between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2016.

Storm water rates would not be affected by the rate increase.

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9:27 am
Wed August 24, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Joplin High School has a new name thanks to gaffers tape in Joplin, Missouri on June 8, 2011. The town continues to clear away debris from the devastating May 22 tornado that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and killed 141 people.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Joplin School Board begins paying massive bills from May 22 tornado

Yesterday, the Joplin School Board approved payment of nearly $30 million for the month of July and about half of August. The district's typical monthly bill is between $6 million to $7 million.

The Joplin Globe reports that the district is using insurance and Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursements to help pay the bills.

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MSD rate hearings
9:30 am
Mon August 15, 2011

MSD holds hearings on possible rate increases

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District wants public comment on a proposed rate increase. The hearings start Tuesday.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is urging its customers to weigh in on a proposed rate increase that could push monthly sewer bills to $85 a month within 10 years.

"Without that input, we're going to be making some very important decisions on our own, and when you look at the cost, it really needs to be a community conversation," said agency spokesman Lance LeComb.

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9:25 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, June 27, 2011

MoDOT is asking motorists to avoid eastbound I-70 between Shreve and west Florissant as crews repair the road where an MSD sewer line ruptured on Sunday.
Missouri Dept. of Transportation

Sewer line rupture forces lane closures on EB I-70

The Missouri Department of Transportation is urging motorists to avoid eastbound Interstate 70 between Shreve and west Florissant Monday as repairs continue on a ruptured sewer line.

Deanna Venker, MoDOT area engineer for St. Louis City, says crews worked overnight to fix the sewer line. Concrete is curing and crews are working on road repairs.

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Flash flooding
4:49 pm
Sun June 26, 2011

Torrential rain collapses sewer line, leads to condemnations

A collapsed 10 foot by 15 foot sewer line did serious damage to eastbound Interstate 70 at Shreve.
(Photo courtesy of MoDOT)

Updated 9:30 p.m. with additional lane closures:

The Missouri Department of Transportation now says they will have to close the two right lanes of eastbound Interstate 70 at Shreve during Monday morning rush  hour to repair a collapsed sewer line. That will leave one lane open between Shreve and West Florissant. MoDOT officials are strongly urging people to avoid the area.

Our earlier story:

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9:21 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, June 3, 2011

PIERRE, S.D. – A contractor packs down mud to strengthen the levee and a berm of sandbags line local residential and businesses to help contain the rising Missouri River in Pierre, June 1, 2011.
Flickr/(SDNG photo by OC Chad Carlson)

Flooding in Mo. Imminent According to Gov. Nixon

Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri is gearing up for imminent and "unprecedented" flooding along the Missouri River.

Nixon said Thursday in St. Joseph that Missourians will face flooding soon along the Missouri River because of rising water levels in the river basin in the northern Plains. He says people with property and businesses in the floodplain should prepare for "unprecedented high water levels."

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MSD appeal
4:18 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

MSD to appeal stormwater fee decision

MSD headquarters in downtown St. Louis

The Metropolitan Sewer District says it plans to appeal a July court ruling that threw out a new system for charging for stormwater system maintenance.

The new fee charged people based on how much of their property could not absorb water. But Lincoln County judge Dan Dildine ruled that it was actually a tax, and therefore had to be approved by voters.

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