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MSD tours problem creek causing backyard landslides in North County

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MSD toured Maline Creek Friday, a creek that’s has been the source of landslides during recent heavy rains.

Many residents who live near the creek say floods from the body of water have caused part of their backyards to wash away. Some feel MSD isn’t doing enough. The utility started a project to put a concrete wall on the creek, but the project was stopped in 2012.

"They're living in fear. They don't sleep at night, do you? I don't," said Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle Nadal while she was inspecting backyards along Colchester Drive in Ferguson. "Everyone has a responsibility to help out people in need, especially for something as traumatic as this." 

Residents say St. Louis County and Ferguson have told them it is not their responsibility to help clean up the backyards or prevent more landslides. 

MSD spokesman Sean Hadley recent rainfall caused an large increase in the amount of water back-up calls. Due to the large increase, storm calls were put on hold. 

Homeowner Kathy Larue feels helpless to stop the landslide. "There are several more areas that are going to cave. There are several more ridges getting ready," she said.

Because President Obama issued an emergency declaration for flooded areas, the homeowners with backyard landslides may qualify for FEMA assistance.

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