Monday, March 8, 2010

Grease Clog Causes Crappy Day in Creve Coeur

Posted By on Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 10:45 AM

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If you think living in the city is shitty try moving to the suburbs.

A massive grease clog backed up a local sewer system last Friday and flooded more than two miles of streams in Creve Coeur with raw sewage.

According to the Metropolitan Sewer District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, as of this morning the spill is nearly cleaned up but it still stunk up several waterways in Creve Coeur, including an area near Parkway North High School.

Where did the grease come from?

According to Lance LeComb, spokesman for the Metropolitan Sewer District, it could have originated from a large residential subdivision nearby or, more likely, "a commercial restaurant or cooking operation." LeComb said it could take weeks to track down the culprits, who will be charged for the cost of the extensive clean-up.

Here's the news release from the Department of Natural Resources with info on the spill and locations:
Department staff today are overseeing cleanup of Ben Bush Creek, which was contaminated by sewage when a grease clog resulted in an overflow from two manholes located between 96 Rue De La Banque and 12303 Charter Oak Parkway in Creve Coeur.

The creek is gray with pockets of sludge throughout it. Sewer district staff have begun cleaning out the farthest contaminated portion of the creek, located off Shadycreek Lane near Parkway North High School, with the intention of working their way back toward the source.

The sanitary sewer overflow in Creve Coeur was one of two reported this morning by the sewer district. A second, smaller, release occurred Thursday near 5 Forest Club Dr, Clarkson Valley. In that release, approximately 300 ft of Shutwell Creek was contaminated. Cleanup of this release was completed last night at 6:30 p.m.
LeComb explained the cause of the sewage overflow by saying: "[The grease] just clogs up the line. You know how an artery will clog and it causes a heart attack or coronary by-pass? This is the same type of thing."

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