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MSD cleaning up after sewage spill into Mississippi River tributary in Oakville

A sign urges residents to avoid contact with remaining floodwater in Lemay Park June 21. Floodwaters may carry sewage and infectious organisms. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

November 23, 2019

Crews with the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, or MSD, are cleaning up after a force main break Saturday in Oakville in south St. Louis County released 260,000 gallons of sewage into a tributary of the Mississippi River. The main runs through a heavily wooded area along Christopher Drive in the ...

Flooded homes could get FEMA buyouts

River City Boulevard, at the intersection of Lemay Ferry Road, is inaccessible due to rising floodwater from the River des Peres Thursday, May 30. The Mississippi River, which backs up into the River des Peres, is expected to crest Saturday. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

November 22, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com South County residents affected by flooding could receive buyouts after St. Louis County filed for flood relief with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. St. Louis County filed in September seeking potential buyouts for 17 homes in the Lema...

Mehlville Fire District is one of few districts with a drone

Drone operator Roman Stolarski pinpoints where on the Meramec River the rescue boats need to go to save the ‘victim.’ Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

October 15, 2019

During a mock rescue in 2018, Mehlville firefighter and drone operator Roman Stolarski pinpoints where on the Meramec River the rescue boats need to go to save the ‘victim’ using the district's small drone. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspaper...

UPDATED: Body found in Mississippi River identified as missing Affton man

The St. Louis Fire Department's Marine 2 rescue boat responds to a rescue in the Mississippi River that turned into a recovery effort.

June 19, 2019

The body pulled from the Mississippi River Tuesday has been identified as a missing man from Affton. George Huber, 70, was found dead in the river on the South County/South City line by the St. Louis Fire Department. Hours before, his car was found in Jefferson Barracks Park by the St. Louis Cou...

Here are all the South County road closures caused by flooding

The intersection of River City Boulevard and Lemay Ferry Road is closed after being submerged by flood waters from the River des Peres Thursday, May 30. The Mississippi River, which backs up into the River des Peres, is expected to crest Saturday, June 8, at nearly 46 feet, about 4 feet lower than the record set in 1993. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

June 7, 2019

This is a breaking story and will be updated with new developments. St. Louis County and state officials are closing roads across South County due to near-record flooding along the Mississippi River this week. Some of the closures have been happening on and off since March as river waters rose. But ...

MSD repairing sewer main break in Oakville; sewage flowing into Mississippi

MSD repairing sewer main break in Oakville; sewage flowing into Mississippi

March 25, 2019

MSD is repairing a sewer main break in Oakville that sent sewage into the Mississippi River Sunday. The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District said around 9 a.m. Sunday that the underground force main sewer break would take 24 to 48 hours to fix. The break happened near Christopher Drive and Nellie Avenue ...

Mehlville Fire unveils new rescue boat with rescue drill

Firefighter-medics David Wideman and Capt. Nick Larosa pull Jared Sarni out of the water during a mock rescue last week. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

August 16, 2018

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville Fire Protection District unveiled its new rescue boat this summer, an upgrade that should lead to safer and easier rescues along the district’s 21 miles of river shoreline from Sunset Hills to Oakville. The new $35,000 boat i...

Cliff Cave trail will be enjoyed for many years to come, officials say

Stenger, kneeling, cuts the ribbon on the new Cliff Cave Park trail expansion in Oakville in May 2018, alongside county Parks Director Gary Bess, 5th District Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, and Great Rivers Greenway Executive Director Susan Trautman. Stenger fought to get the trail built over the objections of 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville. Photo by Bill Milligan.

May 8, 2018

County Executive Steve Stenger cuts the ribbon on the new Oakville overlook on the bluffs in Cliff Cave County Park May 4 with, from left, Eliana Owens, Parks Director Gary Bess, 5th District Councilman Pat Dolan and Great Rivers Greenway Executive Director Susan Trautman. Photo by Bill Milligan. By Gloria...

Rescue boat purchase OK’d by MFPD board

Rescue boat purchase OK’d by MFPD board

February 17, 2018

The Mehlville Fire Protection District Board of Directors voted unanimously last week to purchase a rescue boat at a cost of over $35,000. Chief Brian Hendricks recommended the board approve the purchase of the rescue boat from Troutt & Sons Inc. of St. James at a cost of $35,135. “... We ser...

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