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News 4 Investigates: No money to fix huge holes caused by recent rains

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(KMOV.com) - Heavy rains are creating dangerous giant holes that are becoming more common in St. Louis County.

However, there's virtually no money to fix it, which is really bad news when one of these opens up in a backyard near you.

 Eileen and Ralph Shaw are concerned about what's happening along their property line in Chesterfield. A collapsed sewer main has led to a massive hole and with every heavy rain it gets wider and deeper. Electrical wires are exposed and huge trees are now sitting on top of hollowed out caverns. 

The City of Chesterfield put up barricades and some have now fallen in as the hole expands. Eileen called MSD, but was told there's no money to fix it.

News 4's Chris Nagus called MSD spokesperson Lance Lecomb and he met him out at the scene of the giant hole.

When it came to fixing the issue, Lecomb said, "It’s gotta get bad enough for us to do it."

That's partly because of where the Shaw’s live. Homes to the west of the I-270 loop pay roughly $8 a year for storm sewer maintenance and repairs.

Simply put, there's not enough money to fix these giant holes, until they threaten someone’s home, a road, or a playground.

"There’s quite a number of reasons why this is a dangerous situation," Lecomb said of the Shaw’s situation.

 One of those reasons, exposed power lines, could be the tipping point that gets the hole fixed.

"I’m fairly confident with the wires here and the tree this would be a priority project," said Lecomb.

MSD can't give an exact timetable on the repairs.

Residents inside the I-270 loop pay more than $8 for storm maintenance, which means the problem would be fixed by now if the Shaw’s lived inside I-270. 

In 2016, MSD is going to be asking voters who lives outside I-270 for a rate increase to pay for more issues like this one.

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