MSD response to sewage spill in Oakville delayed by storms


Crews with the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District are set to begin repairing a force sewer main break Tuesday in Oakville after a sewage spill was discovered Monday morning. 

The break, which is near the railroad tracks that run along Nellie Avenue in Oakville, was reported by a nearby property owner. 

According to a press release from MSD, crews located the break and called an emergency contractor to make repairs, which is set to begin Tuesday morning, weather pending, and should be finished by Wednesday. The work did not get started Monday due to expected storms.

No road closures are expected, and sewer service will not be affected. Cleanup and disinfection will be assessed at the time the repairs are complete. 

A force main is a sewer line that transports wastewater and is used when gravity is not enough to move wastewater through flat areas or over hills to treatment facilities. The particular sewer main that broke is scheduled to be replaced in 2022. 

Signs have been posted in the area warning the public of the overflow. While there is no immediate health or safety threat, the public is advised to avoid any creaks or streams in the nearby vicinity until everything is cleaned up.

Anyone who comes in contact with wastewater should immediately wash thoroughly with soap and water. 

The break has been reported to the Department of Natural Resources.