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Another postal worker injured by falling through manhole

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Mail carrier fell through cover and into storm drain on 33rd Street in East St. Louis (Credit: KMOV) Mail carrier fell through cover and into storm drain on 33rd Street in East St. Louis (Credit: KMOV)

EAST ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – For the second time in a week, a Metro East mailman is recovering after being injured from falling into a manhole.

News 4 tried to reach East St. Louis Mayor Emeka-Jackson Hicks, even reaching her spokesperson. But News 4 has yet to hear back about why some storm drains appear to be in such disrepair that they are a hazard for people walking.

Karen Burch, resident said, “When I looked up, I saw the mailman coming out of that hole."

Burch said a mail carrier fell through a cover and into the storm drain as he was making deliveries on 33rd Street.

"He said he just walked and stepped on the thing like it flipped over and he stepped on it and went down in it. He looked hurt and he was limping too,” said Burch.

News 4 Reporter Matt Sczesny went to the scene himself. He stepped on the manhole cover and said the cover was easily giving way with just a light step.

On March 17, a carrier’s foot fell through the particle board laid over a manhole on 22nd Street.

On March 24, Sczesny said he went back to the March 17 scene and said it appeared nothing had been done to make the area safer. He also said just half a block away he found an uncovered manhole surrounded by grass.

Residents in the area said the storm drains have been left unkempt for years despite their calls to the city’s Public Works Department.

Residents said they also worry more people may get hurt if nothing gets done to fix it.

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