Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Metropolitan Sewer District officials say preparation now and taking simple steps when heavy rains come can make a difference.
The Metropolitan Sewer District issued the following advisory ahead of what could amount to several inches of rain this weekend as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac arrive in the St. Louis region: If you feel that conditions are such that your property or safety is at risk, seek higher ground – do not wait! If you find yourself trapped by water or in a situation that you cannot easily escape, contact 911. MSD is not equipped or trained to conduct rescue operations or emergency response. 911 will connect you with the first responders (police, fire, etc.) that can best and immediately help you.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Residents involved in the Wilson Avenue Buyout told summer at the earliest for buyout talks to resume with the City to buy their homes.
The earliest date that University City staff expect to start buyout talks with property owners involved in the Wilson Avenue Flood Buyout is this summer, according to University City Director of Community Development Andrea Riganti. Buyout talks were initially slated to begin in February, but were pushed back after the City learned it needed to conduct an environmental assessment as part of the process of pursuing a supplemental disaster grant. During the review process recipients are restricted from acquiring property or expending any grant funds (including FEMA funds). On March 14, the City learned that it had been awarded $461,000 in grant money. The average timeframe for the environmental review process is 60 to 90 days. The review …
Saturday, February 5, 2011
A broken sprinkler Sunday caused flooding issues at a Washington University dorm.
Washington University's student newspaper reports a sprinkler accident flooded areas of Wheeler House Sunday, causing students to be evacuated. According to the paper, a student jumped over a chair, hit his head on a sprinkler on the ceiling, breaking the sprinkler, which flooded the surrounding suites. Residents of the flooded suites will reportedly be displaced for at least three days.
Friday, January 21, 2011
City says it's close to buying out dozens of residents whose homes were flooded in 2008.
University City is very close to being able to make offers to 26 residents covered under the Wilson Avenue Buyout Program. In September of 2008, flash flooding of the River Des Peres severely damaged over 100 U City residences. This past August, the Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded U City a $3 million grant to acquire 26 properties in the floodplain. At a meeting on Wednesday night, residents packed a basement room at City Hall to hear about the buyout process, and what they can expect over the next few months. Dennis Wagner whose home was damaged by flooding said he is relieved to be nearing the end of what has been a long process. He said his family has been living in limbo since the flooding. "I lost all my furniture. My …