Flash flooding turns Bridgeton street into a lake; basements ruined

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BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI) – Flash flooding turned a Bridgeton street into a lake Wednesday night.

Residents on Melody Lane are angry that no one is taking responsibility for the flooding. At least six homes on the street were flooded after a fast downpour. But the residents here do not believe it’s all Mother Nature’s fault.

They suspect the problem is beyond a wooden fence at the end of the cul-de-sac. They said excavating or construction work was done at a vacant lot about a year ago. And now, during even a normal rainfall, a lot of water comes rushing off that property and into their subdivision.

MSD said it’s looking into the matter, but it’s far too early to say if it’s their problem. Bridgeton Mayor Terry Briggs said the rainfall was so fast and so heavy last night that no sewer system could handle it. He said any excavating or construction work going on at that property may have been done illegally because the city has not issued permits for the work.

The mayor said he’ll hold a town hall meeting soon with the residents to discuss solutions to the problem.