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Sewage Spill
2:55 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

MSD Dealing With Another Sewage Spill

Crews are working to repair a 42-inch main near this pumping station on Creve Coeur Mill Road. Creve Coeur Lake Park is directly east of the site.
(via Google Maps/screenshot)

Updated at 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday

MSD spokesman Lance LeComb says several hundred thousand gallons of sewage have spilled from the broken main. The total size of the spill won't be known until repairs are complete. 

The actual repair work will being around midnight Wednesday, and is expected to take four to six hours. If the work cannot be completed tomorrow morning, crews will have to wait until midnight Thusday before resuming work.

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MSD - St. Louis Sewers
6:35 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Inside the St. Louis sewer system, Part 2: paying to fix a messy problem

Workers have been putting in new cement pipes and storm drains in St. Louis’ Tower Grove South neighborhood in an effort to stop basement backups.
(Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has resolved a lawsuit with the Environmental Protection Agency with promises to fix its aging system.

But the consent decree, which still must be signed off on by a federal judge, comes with a huge price tag, an estimated $4.7 billion over 23 years.

In the second of a two-part series on the overhaul of the sewer district, St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman explains MSD’s rate payers will be picking up the tab.

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MSD - St. Louis Sewers
6:35 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Inside the St. Louis sewer system, Part 1: fixing a messy problem

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is required to post warning signs near every sewer overflow.
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

This summer, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District settled a four-year lawsuit with the Environmental Protection Agency over violations of the Clean Water Act.

Under the terms of the consent decree, MSD will spend the next 23 years upgrading the St. Louis area sewer system.

In the first of a two-part series on the sewer overhaul, St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra looks at the problems with our sewers—and what it’s going to take to fix them.

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Sewer Death
4:39 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Police: Worker falls ill in Maryland Heights, Mo. sewer, dies

A closer view of a manhole cover.
(via Flickr/Frames-of-Mind)

Authorities are investigating the death of a man found unresponsive while working inside a sewer in suburban St. Louis.

Police in Maryland Heights say 46-year-old Daniel Accola of Robertsville died at a hospital shortly before 11 a.m. Monday. That was about an hour after he fell ill with a co-worker in a new sewer line about 18 feet underground.

The other worker managed to make it out of the manhole under his own power.

Authorities say it's not immediately clear what caused Accola's death.

Morning round-up
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.

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