MSD working to avoid major flooding problems in St. Louis

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by Stephanie Baumer and Brendan Marks / KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 10 at 5:12 PM

(KMOV.com) – The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is working to clear storm drains of standing snow ahead of warmer area temperatures to avoid any problems with flooding.

Crews have been working to uncover all the storms drains so that the melting ice and snow have somewhere to go.

Officials with the Metropolitan Sewer District say localized flooding is a real concern depending on how quickly the snow melts.

“We are talking about a very large volume of water going down our streets and into our sewer system,” Lance LeComb with MSD told News 4 on Wednesday.

A department official told News 4 they had tripled the number of normal crews. The sole job of those working will be to clear inlets in neighbors. They plan to focus on low-lying areas first since that is where widespread flooding typically goes bad.

The department is in charge of clearing more than 130,000 storm drains to maintain and clean.  

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