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Assessment of flood damage begins as rivers crest, fall

The city of St. Louis estimates more than $1 million in damage.

June 11, 2019 - 12:34 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — With the crest past, now the accountants are adding up the cost of fighting the flood this spring in St. Louis. City Operations Director Todd Waelterman says it's not cheap to fight a flood of this magnitude.

"I'm sure that the city's costs are going to exceed $1 million," Waelterman said, but hopes the feds will reimburse the city for 75% of that.

According to Waelterman, work crews have patched up a couple dozen leaks in recent weeks, but there are no major problems to report. He said they're in no hurry to take down the sandbags, and it could be another month before the city pulls back its defenses. 

The 11-mile flood wall of concrete and earthen berms along the Mississippi has had no major problems, Waelterman said, acknowledging that workers have done an excellent job quick patching sand boils.

However, he believes it's too soon to celebrate.

​"We're still dealing with saturated levees, so we're not walking away from this," Waelterman said. "We've got another hard week of really watching this thing and fixing boils and little places that boil up on the levees. So it's not over, but it's looking good."

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