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Sewer main break causes sewage to overflow into Coldwater Creek

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An estimated 70,000 gallons of sewage made its way to a nearby creek while a sewer main break was being repaired, St, Louis Sewer District (MSD) said. 

The sewer main break was first reported by an MSD customer on Wednesday. The break occurred near Lindbergh Boulevard and Old Jamestown Road in north St. Louis county, near Jamestown Mall. 

MSD said a nearby MSD contractor responded and repaired the main break within 24 hours. The break forced MSD shut down the pump station upstream from the break to allow the necessary repairs. The shut down allowed the estimated 70,000 gallons of sewage to overflow sewage into the Coldwater Creek. 

However, MSD said the sewer service to area homes and businesses was not affected. 

Affected areas of the sewer main break include Coldwater Creek immediately south of Silver Fox Drive in unincorporated St. Louis County, Coldwater Creek immediately north of Vernwood Drive and Fox Haven Drive, Coldwater Creek northwest of MO-367 bridge, including trails running along the creek near Fort Belle Fontaine County Park, and other portions of Coldwater Creek downstream of the pump station. 

MSD said there is no immediate threat to the public's health or safety, but they have placed signs in the listed areas that instruct the public to avoid contact with the affected areas. If anyone comes into contact with the listed areas, they should wash the contacted area thoroughly with soap and water. 

Anyone that comes across an overflowing manhole is asked to contact MSD's 24-hour customer service center at 314-768-6260. 

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