MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO. (KMOX) – Metropolitan Sewer District crews are working to stop a major leak of raw sewage into Fee Fee Creek in Maryland Heights.
So far some 343,000 gallons of sewage has leaked from a 21 inch pipe into the creek.
The break is near 107 Midland Avenue. Crews hope to have the leak stopped later this evening, however clean up of the creek will continue through the weekend.
The cause of the leak is unknown at this time but MSD spokesman Lance LeComb suspects an excessive amount of rain caused the break in the pipe.
Downstream, MSD has installed hay bails and other devices to stop the solid waste from traveling too far. The weekend cleanup will involved washing down the banks, making sure there are no more solids. Lecomb says sunlight during the day provides a natural disinfectant. LeComb says there is no threat to any drinking water supply
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has been contacted.