Richmond Heights residents want MSD to clean up flooding mess

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RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR) - The cleanup is still going on at several homes near the intersection of East Linden Avenue and Winzenburg Drive in Richmond Heights, which were flooded by fast rising water Sunday night.

The water destroyed an asphalt driveway at one house and then sent water shooting down the hill into the basement of that same home, ruining appliances and a finished TV room.

At another house, the force of the water was so powerful it blew the basement door frame out of the wall. The homeowner says the water came from a nearby sewer inlet, filling the basement with five feet of filthy water.

Homeowner Donna Robey thinks because the sewers could not handle the volume, MSD should pay for the cleanup.

'(If) that system is functioning in other neighborhoods and not here then of course I feel they are responsible for it and they should be financially responsible for the cost,' she said. 'Most of the neighbors have told me they do not have insurance that covers this specific damage.'

MSD is still investigating to determine what caused the problem on East Linden---but if it is ruled overland flooding, which seems to be their initial thought, the homeowners are financially responsible and would need to have had flood insurance added to their homeowner`s policy to cover the damage.

'There is no sewer system that you can build large enough to handle flash flooding like we experienced on Sunday,' said MSD spokesman Lance Lecomb. 'The area from here to Tower Grove to the river received over two and a half inches of rain in two hours. That is over five billion gallons of water,' he said.

'Think about the tank or system you need to handle that. You couldn`t build it.'