Valley Park letting residents back into levee-protected area -


Valley Park letting residents back into levee-protected area

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Heavy rain caused flooding in the Valley Park area. Heavy rain caused flooding in the Valley Park area.

The City of Valley Park began allowing residents and business owners back into the levee-protected area beginning at 11:45 a.m. Friday.

In order to re-enter the area, people are being asked to go to checkpoints set up at Marshall Road and Highway 141 and Forest Avenue and Didian Avenue.

"My heart goes out to their people in the area and the surrounding parts that were affected," said Grand Young, owner of Young's Restaurant and Ice Creamery. Many business owners closed up shop tonight due to the damage.

"We are working with the businesses. We have to go in there and make sure everything is alright," said Valley Park Mayor Mike Pennise. "The food restaurants have to have the health department work with them to make sure everything is alright before they can open up."

Officials are handing out the following information to residents:

  • Residents must proceed to home or business in an orderly fashion.
  • The levee is off-limits to everyone. Violators will receive a summons or ticket for trespassing.
  • Keep vehicles off the main streets for large emergency equipment still being transported through the city.
  • If standing water in the basement of home or business, contact Building Commissioner Jeff Schaub at 314-565-4084, who will coordinate with St. Louis County and assess what inspections are actions are needed.
  • If gas has been turned off, contact Gil Denormandie at 314-985-4649, who will coordinate with Laclede Gas to get it turned back on.
  • Be on the look out for solicitors who will be targeting the area to take advantage of the situation. Solicitors are supposed to have a permit from Valley Park. If they don't have one, report the incident to City Hall at 636-225-5171 ext. 1 or 8.
  • There isn't a boil order issued for the city. Missouri American has said that there may be low pressure, but that won't affect the quality or safety of the water.
  • Future trash pick-up dates will be posted as soon as possible.

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