ST. LOUIS ( - Last summer, everyone couldn’t get over the images of a car swallowed up by a Downtown street.

A year and a half later, the car owner isn’t the one facing millions in damages. The owners of the Railway Exchange Building in downtown along with the City of St. Louis are suing over millions of dollars in damages from what they call negligent work by Ameren and a subcontractor.

A lawsuit filed this month alleges Intren, a subcontractor of Ameren, caused a water main rupture while doing work in November 2016. That rupture caused flooding in multiple buildings including the Railway Exchange building. The basement of the building was filled with soil. The city also lost 9 million gallons of water at the cost of $1.6 million.

Then in June 2017, a man parked his car on 6th Street and went to workout. When he returned, he saw his Toyota Camry was at the bottom of a 20-foot hole that had opened up in the middle of the downtown street. The lawsuit alleges the June street collapse was caused by the previous rupture caused by the subcontractor.

The June street collapse caused even more water loss and money for the city of St. Louis. The owners of the Railway Exchange Building plan to renovate the former Macy’s into apartments and commercial space.

They estimate both water ruptures cost them $26 million in damages and have caused significant delays in the renovations.

Ameren would not comment on the lawsuit and the accusations because it involves pending litigation.

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