BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) — Extra police will be patrolling the area around the Bridgeton Landfill, where several hundred people are being evacuated over the next few weeks as the smell from the landfill is expected to temporarily worsen.

The landfill owner is paying to put up residents in hotels while work is performed to remove pipes at the landfill that sits near St. Louis’ Lambert Airport. The landfill has been responsible for a strong odor for several months.

The removal of the pipes is expected to help reduce the smell once the work is complete. But the removal process itself will make the smell worse through mid-June, prompting the temporary evacuations.

Work was supposed to begin Monday but was delayed by rain.

A spokesman for Republic Services says the weather is just too wet for construction to begin safely. Weather permitting, it’ll start Wednesday.

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