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Sewer Workers Vacuum Storm Drains Ahead of Isaac

Kevin Killeen
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MSD workers vacuum debris from stormwater system

MSD workers vacuum debris from stormwater system

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ST. LOUIS-(KMOX)–Getting ready for a big downpour from Isaac, workers with the Metropolitan Sewer District were busy cleaning out debris from sewers in several flood-prone areas.

Crews operating a vacuum truck were sucking up debris that might obstruct the flow of rainwater deep below ground in the 3800 block of Bates, a low-lying block that’s been swamped before by storm water backups.

“I’m taking things out of the basement already, because you never know,” said resident Fernando Garcia. Last year, Garcia says the rain water was three feet deep on the street and water filled his basement.

img 4447 Sewer Workers Vacuum Storm Drains Ahead of Isaac

Bates Avenue residents watch sewer workers, hoping it keeps basements dry

MSD workers say part of the problem is people are using the sewers as a catch-all trash can.  Across the city, they report finding scooters, skateboards, bags of trash, beer cans, drug needles, scrap lumber, and clumps of leaves laced with cement from contractors who dump their leftover cement down the sewer at the end of the day.

Tropical depression Isaac is expected to drop two-to-five inches of rain on the region this weekend.

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