St. Louis woman dealing with sinkhole, sewage backup, finally getting results

ST. LOUIS – A homeowner is dealing with a hole in the ground and a broken side sewer in front of her north St. Louis home.

Sadie Bufford, 85, has tried to get the attention of officers to no avail.

“I’m 85 and I don’t need this issue from the city and I pay taxes,” Bufford said. “I feel terrible about paying my taxes. And when I pay taxes, I expect service. I get no service. I am angry and want someone to come out and review this issue for me.”

She said the broken sewer line left a stench in her home on Pamplin Avenue. Bufford called the Metropolitan Sewer District and they came out to see it.

Bufford then called Alderwoman Pam Boyd to update her on the situation.

“MSD began construction on Pamplin,” Boyd said. “They ripped up Pamplin Avenue and dug up the street. MSD wouldn’t take responsibility and blame it on the residents who are mostly seniors over there. They never corrected the road.”

She added: “MSD, it was totally MSD. It was never anything to do with the city, it was MSD to fix it and they didn’t fix it.

FOX 2’s You Paid For It team spoke to MSD spokesman Sean Hadley, who said it wasn’t MSD’s problem, but rather the job the city should have done.

“So we referred it to the St. Louis City Department of Roads,” Hadley said. “Honestly, without you calling us in the past week, it just stood there. When I called the city highway department over there, a work order had never been made for it. So it was just something that literally fell through the cracks on the side of the city of St. Louis.”

Hadley said the issue was resolved after contacting the highway authority.

“So with her in this problem you called us again. I called last week,” Hadley said. “We’re working with the city’s highway authority. They corrected the situation and they will go out. Actually, I think they plated that hole out there. I think they should have it fixed within the next week or so.”

Bufford told FOX 2’s Elliott Davis that she was pleased with the good news.

“I feel really, really good that you took the time to help me with this issue,” Bufford said. “I thank God for you because if you hadn’t gotten into it, it would have gone on and on and on. And now I feel so good that you helped me with this problem. i appreciate you so much I don’t know what I would have done without you. Many Thanks.” St. Louis woman dealing with sinkhole, sewage backup, finally getting results

Nate Jones

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