Heavy rain today (Friday) and continued snow melt are expected to tax local storm water drainage systems. The National Weather Service in St. Louis says streams and creeks in rural areas will rise, but should be able to handle the run-off. It is municipal sewer systems that could back up. Ice-clogged sewers could cause localized urban flooding.
The Metropolitan Sewer District is asking residents to first try and clear some of the snow or debris from the sewer openings before calling them. With 130-thousand inlets to manage, MSD says it is impossible to attend to all of them. Authorities also remind motorists not to drive on flooded roads.
The controversy surrounding the lack of plowing of St. Louis city side streets has pushed the issue front and center following last weekend's snowstorm. In response, not only were plows on the streets overnight, but now city residents are being asked to log-in online to voice their opinion on whether the City should plow residential side streets.
Officials say it is important to collect data because not everyone is in favor of plowing the side streets for fear of getting snowed under.
The Mayor wants to know more before making wide-sweeping policy changes and urges feedback from residents. More information is available on the city's website at: stlouis-mo.gov. Click on the "Mayor Slay" tab to register your opinion.