ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is hoping to have all lanes on southbound Broadway at Chouteau open by the end of the week. A tiny leak likely led to part of Broadway sinking, according to MSD spokesman Lance LeComb. Two southbound lanes have been closed since Monday afternoon while MSD crews make repairs.
“This isn’t like the sinkholes you see in Florida that swallow whole homes,” said LeComb.
He says a single leak can wash away pieces of soil over time. In this case, the sewer was built in the 1800’s. Lecomb says regardless of age, leaks can pop up and cause problems.
“There’s a point when there’s a straw the breaks the camel’s back,” said LeComb.
LeComb says anyone who spots a sagging street should contact their street department or MSD. He says MSD routinely inspects streets and responds as necessary.