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Lake Chesterfield woes continue

Monday, 11 November 2013 03:14 Published in Local News

   Residents in a Wildwood subdivision aren't sure if their lake will ever hold water.  

   Lake Chesterfield is empty again.  Major repairs were made in 2004 when the lake drained into a giant sink hole one night.  

   This time, subdivision trustees hired an engineering firm to lower the lake a little, in an effort to find the source of a slow leak.  But during the process, a valve stuck, and all of the water, and most of the fish, drained away according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  

   It cost more than $600,000 to fix it last time.  And the subdivision is bound to fix it this time.  How it will cost this time isn't known.

   Subdivision trustees say the real problem is the limestone that lies beneath the man-made lake.

Ted Drewes Chippewa store to reopen after small fire

Monday, 11 November 2013 01:44 Published in Local News

   A beloved south city business will reopen this morning after fire forced it to close early Sunday.  

   Employees at the Ted Drewes Frozen Custard stand on Chippewa called firefighters about 1:00 p.m. after smelling smoke.  Fire crews discovered a small electrical fire that apparently started in the attic. It was quickly extinguished. 

   The iconic building sustained smoke and water damage.  Crews spent the rest of the day Sunday cleaning up the mess and company officials say it will reopen at 11 a.m. Monday.

   The water in some parts of Edwardsville may be a little brown, but it's still safe to drink.  That's the message from Public Works Director Tim Harr.  

   He says a break in a 14 inch transmission line caused workers to reroute water city-wide and that may have stirred up sediment.  As a result, about a thousand of the more than 9,000 water customers in Edwardsville, including the Public Works Department, are seeing discolored water from their taps.  

   Harr says the water is safe to drink. "We’ve tested it," he said.  "The chlorine residuals are where they’re supposed to be, within the epa regulations.  It doesn’t taste funny.  It just looks a little funny with the sedimentation."

   Harr says city workers opened 4-5 hydrants Wednesday to help flush the system and it might help if residents run their own taps 10-15 minutes to flush the lines.

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