O’FALLON, Ill. (KMOV) -- City workers are developing a plan to repair a broken sewer line near North Smiley and Deer Creek roads in O’Fallon.
Public works director Dennis Sullivan told News 4 that the sewer line had been buried under Engle Creek, but the flow of the creek, over time, washed away the soil and left the sewer line exposed and vulnerable. Apparently water from a heavy rain lifted the pipe and caused a connection to fail and rupture.
Sullivan said that on most days water from the creek flows into the pipe and there’s very little raw sewage that leaks. But when there is a heavy rain, such as last Sunday, raw sewage leaks out into the creek and gets washed downstream.
The City of O’Fallon has notified the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency about the problem and has urged residents who live in the neighborhood to keep children from playing in the area.
O’Fallon public works employees are writing up a plan to replace a section of pipe but also shift the contour of the creek bed to avoid the problem from happening again. That plan will have to be approved by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the Illinois EPA before the 3-week and $350,000 project can start.