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CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – Repairs are underway after an underground force main sewer break in Chesterfield.

The break happened just west of West and North drives around 3 p.m. Monday. The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District says the break is not leaking into any waterway and is contained. They do not yet know how much sewage has leaked from the main.

MSD says they have crews at the scene who will work around the clock until the break is repaired. Work is estimated to take between 24 and 48 hours to complete.

Cleanup will begin once the break is completely repaired.

MSD says there is no immediate threat to public health, but residents should avoid touching the ground of the area affected by the break. Anyone who has touched the ground in this area should immediately wash with soap and water.

The affected sewer line was built in 1983. MSD says a redesign is currently underway and is expected to be installed in about 18 months.

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