Festus, MO (KSDK) - Imagine buying a house on a quiet street, and one day it all changed. That's what happened to some homeowners in Festus. 5 on Your Side's Mike Rush rubs elbows with neighbors along Delmar, who claim their once tranquil street sounds like a truck stop.
Bonnie Warren loves her home on Delmar in Festus.
"When we purchased this house it was a very quiet serene, street," says Warren.
But in the summer of 2011, the serenity along Delmar ended. Now instead of peace and quiet, neighbors listen to the sounds of huge trucks barreling down Delmar.
"We have on an average day, anywhere from 30 to 50 trucks in an out of this street, constant," said Warren. "It bounces it and shakes everything in the house, it's unbelievable."
Warren and her neighbors want the noise and the trucks that cause it stopped.
"We have a right to not be woke up at 5:30 in the morning unless we want to get up," said Warren. "We have a right to have some quiet in our homes."
The trucks come from the old Shapiro Brothers Scrap Metal yard that's now owned by PSC Metal. Trucks used to turn out of the yard and head west. But when a culvert pipe on 9th Street collapsed, trucks were forced to use Delmar.
"I was like, 'Oh, my God. You've got to be joking me.' So, when we started calling the city and talking to them about this, they said that there was nothing they could do," said Warren.
5 on Your Side took their complaints to Festus Mayor Mike Cage.
"It's a public street, I know some people want to ban trucks on it, but you can't, it's a public street, they got free usage, and you can't deny them access to their property," said Cage.
Mayor Cage says the solution would be to fix the damaged culvert on 9th. But there's a catch, the culvert is not in Festus, it's in Crystal City.
"We complained to them 'We're not doing anything.' Okay, so here we are a year or so later, we've got no action, nothing," said Warren.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources tested soil around the culvert for possible contamination from PSC's operation. 5 on Your Side's Mike Rush put in a call to Crystal City's Mayor Tom Schilly. He didn't want to go on camera, but said he hasn't had a chance to review the findings because he just got the report.
While a MDNR spokesperson says there's no reason dirt around the culvert can't be moved for repairs. Crystal City just approved its own testing to be sure.
"Before you just moved the dirt and just put a new bridge in, and now, it's complicated," said Mayor Cage. "It's a rival ship, it's two small communities, it's like anything else, you got little towns you know."
It's little solace for Warren and her neighbors, as trucks continue to roll down Delmar.
"I think everybody is entitled to quiet enjoyment of their home. Period," said Warren.
5 on Your Side contacted PSC Metals for an interview, or to see if the company was willing to sit down and discuss solutions. Their attorney told us no comment.
Homeowners plan to voice their concerns at a Festus council meeting Wednesday night. Mayor Cage says Festus has set aside money, so when this is all over, they can repair the damage those big trucks are making on Delmar.