Bridgeton clears storm drains that caused flooding in neighborhood

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BRIDGETON, MO (KPLR) – Back on July 2nd, heavy rainfall caused flash flooding across the St. Louis metro area.  One area that was hard hit were the residents of Melody Lane in Bridgeton. Residents vented their anger to at the city for not protecting them; by letting what they said was illegal construction that forced runoff water into their neighborhood. Over ten homes and vehicles were inundated with flood water that was over three feet deep, causing thousands of dollars of damage.

The city eventually got permission to access the construction site and discovered that debris had built up in the storm drains on the lot. Bridgeton city work crews began the job of clearing the drains, which seems to have resolved the flooding.

Bridgeton Mayor Terry Briggs says citations have been issued against the owner of the property and the city is keeping a close eye on the property to make sure it is maintained. Meantime, some owners who are still dealing with insurance claims on their damage may consider legal action against the owner of the property.