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St Louis Riverfront Flooded at Gateway Arch
Statue of Lewis and Clark, located on Leonor K Sullivan, just south of the pump station, is nearly under water. The Mississippi River is projected to crest at 46 ft (historic crest of 49.6 was recorded, August 1, 1993) next Tuesday, June 4. Flood stage is 30 feet.
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The Ashley Energy's steam plant, located on Leonor K Sullivan and Carr Strees, generates both steam heat and electricity for several buildings in the downtown area. Archived slfp.com photo
Twelve Downtown Buildings Without Hot Water Due to Flooding
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 3, 2019 - Rising river levels added to by Saturday night's storm caused a Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) force main sewer at the foot of Carr Street in downtown St. Louis to fail in early morning hours of Sunday, June 2.

Complications from this chain of events have led to a loss of hot water to twelve downtown buildings, including Busch Stadium, Justic Center, Westin St. Louis Hotel, Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, Hilton at the Ballpark.

As the force main took on too much water the pump station located at Carr Street and Leonor K Sullivan in downtown St. Louis became ineffective and subsequently shut down. The force main failure has created standing water on Leonor K Sullivan from Carr Street north to Biddle Street.

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District spokesman Sean Hadley said that this event contributed to flooding at Ashley Energy's nearby steam plant, which generates both steam heat and electricity for several buildings in the downtown area. He noted that as of Monday morning, Ashley was bringing in temporary boilers so that the affected buildings would have hot water.

This occurred around 4am Sunday morning. MSD is mobilizing additional pumps to relieve this situation, and anticipates having more pumping capacity in place by sunset today. These additional pumps will remain in place until the Mississippi River at St. Louis falls below flood stage.

Soon after the water began rushing in, employees of Ashley Energy were forced to shut down its plant. Upon discovering the failure of the MSD force main sewer, Ashley immediately mobilized its entire workforce overnight to secure the plant's equipment and implement preventive measures to minimize the damage from the rising water to allow service to be restored to its customers as quickly as possible.

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Ashley is bringing portable equipment in from out of town, and its employees will be working around the clock to take interim steps to restore service until the plant is up and running again.

The pump station is located at the foot of Carr Street and pumps wastewater to the Bissell Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. A pump station is part of the sewer collection system. Normally, wastewater travels to treatment plants via sewers powered by simple gravity. In low elevation areas, like Carr Street and Leonor K Sullivan, this is not possible and these stations are used to pump wastewater to treatment plants.

The Carr Street pump station has 2 pumps that operate at 25 horsepower each. The station handles approximately of 8,500 gallons of wastewater and stormwater per minute in normal operations.


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