MSD at the mercy of Mother Nature when it comes to storm drain backups

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 10:52 PM

(KMOV) – Many areas throughout St. Louis are still drying out after Monday’s downpours but several residents say MSD’s storm drains couldn’t handle it.

MSD told News 4’ Matt Sczesny that are at the mercy of mother nature.

On Tuesday, crew members dealt with 270 sewage backups into area basements.

It was estimated that the 2.5 inches of rain that fell on Monday equals 40 million gallons of water in the intersection of Tholozan and Kingshighway alone.

“It’s Mother Nature verses man and there is so much you can do from an engineering perspective and when mother nature has that kind of downpour in an area, she’s going to win,” Lance Lacomb MSD Spokesman said.

The billion dollar bond issue that was approved by voters in 2012 is only for sewage. There is not much money for MSD to fix this issue. A court rejected MSD’s surcharge on bills for storm runoffs, there’s not a plan to fix these issues in the works.

Across the area, many homeowners were overwhelmed by the water, Robin Tidwell’s Creve Coeur home had water coming in from an overflowing creek.

MSD say they do not do creeks and most flooding problems are not their responsibility.

“The fact of the matter is we all live in flood zones, the only difference is do we live in high risk or low risk. You should understand your flood risk and understand if flood insurance is appropriate,” Lacomb said.

MSD said they are assisting with the 270 area backups. 

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