Chesterfield sewer line break sending sewage into Missouri River

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI)-Metropolitan Sewer District crews are working to  repair an underground force main sewer break in Chesterfield, just west of where Cordovan Commons Parkway turns into Howard Bend Station Road.

The break was reported to MSD around 5:00am Monday morning.

The break is draining into a ditch that leads to the Missouri River. Exactly how much sewage has leaked is unknown. MSD crews plan to work around the clock until the break is fixed, which could take up to 72 hours. Cleanup will begin after repairs are finished.

The public is asked to avoid the area of the drainage ditch affected by the break.

The sewage leak was reported to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

A force main sewer is a sewer line through which wastewater is propelled by the force of pump stations located along the path of the sewer.