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North County residents search for answers after backyard landslides

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NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

Residents of a North County subdivision believe lack of action by MSD led to landslides in their backyards during heavy rain.

Several residents of Hathaway Manor South said the ground along Maline Creek, which runs behind many homes, slid away during heavy rain in late December. The rains took a bite out of Floydena Epting’s yard and swept away several feet of Charles Haynes’ backyard.

“I don’t know what to think, I was devastated,” said Epting.

Subdivision trustees say the water from the creek has been a problem for years. MSD started work to install a concrete wall along the creek, but the project stopped in 2012 and was never finished.

“I blame MSD for not supporting us, they just kind of dropped the ball,” said Caroline Cannon, a subdivision trustee.

MSD says funding has been an issue to keep the project going. Ameren recently had to move power lines because of eroding land.

“I’m worried that we’re going to lose more residents and more people will move and it can worse. More backyards will crumble into the creek,” said Cannon.

Wednesday night, a spokesman for MSD said after hearing from News 4, the utility decided to conduct an inspection of the creek on Thursday. Thursday morning, an MSD official told News 4 they would not be surveying the backyard landslides until Friday because they are currently working on other projects. 

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