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September 20 - 26, 2013

Webster-Kirkwood Times

The Webster-Kirkwood Times is published every Friday by Webster-Kirkwood Times, Inc. The purpose of the Times is to provide a forum for expression of community interests, personalities, culture, events and ideas. Letters and columns do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publishers. CIRCULATION Circulation is 40,400. Direct home delivery to residents in Kirkwood, Webster Groves, Des Peres, Glendale, Oakland, Rock Hill, Shrewsbury and Warson Woods totals 30,500; store stack distribution in the above communities plus nine additional communities totals 9,900. Circulation audited by Circulation Verification Council, St. Louis, Mo. Publisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dwight Bitikofer Editor-In-Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Don Corrigan General Manager . . . . . . . . . . Mary Chambers Managing Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Murphy Associate Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marty Harris Online Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fran Mannino Photographer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diana Linsley General Assignment Reporter . Jaime Mowers Correspondents..... David Baugher, Steve Birmingham, Linda Briggs-Harty, Robbi Courtaway, Eileen Duggan, Rick Frese, Spencer Gleason, Jennifer Grotpeter, Dennis Hannon, Linda Jarrett, Joe Leicht, Jim Merkel, Mary Shapiro Creative Director . . . . . . . . . . Randy Drilingas Creative Department Susy Bergman, Tam Tin Tang, Amanda Zarecki Display Advertising Sales Polly Brackman, Sheila Buckles, Tom Carter, Terry Cassidy, Marianne Fuhrmann, Cathy Joyner, Dennie O’Dowd, Ann Simon, Jim Slama, Jackie Wagner, Michelle Weintz Accounts Manager . . . . . . . . . .Kim Besterfeldt Classified Ad Coordinator . . Kent Tentschert Classifieds/Circulation . . . . . . . . . . Jan Streib


by Colleen Kelly Warren email:

Subterranean Homesink Blues The house where I have lived these past 40 years is over a creek. The way things are going, it may well be in the creek one day. Unbelievably, my husband and I regarded the creek as a big plus when we bought our house — a good place for our boys to go exploring, hunt for rocks, and catch crawdads. (Picture the golden light of “A River Runs Through It”). That was before a decade of regular flooding sent torrents of muddy water and raw sewage through our basement. I still remember the horror of peering down the steps that first time, seeing couches and chairs floating around what had been a family room. (Picture the harsh light of reality). I’m not sure exactly how many floods we experienced during the 1970s and 1980s. It was often enough to establish the custom of flood parties whenever the creek began to rise and the inevitable was only a matter of

time. A kind of gallows humor prevailed. Neighbors waded through our yard for a pot luck gathering. We all took turns calling MSD. Not that we believed they would ever do anything about it. Their stance was hey, it’s an Act of God, out of our control. What can we do? You may wonder why we didn’t move far, far away after that first flood. But we loved our neighbors. Our kids had been immediately assimilated into a merry band of boys that roamed the block, lords of a domain without bounds, a time they thought would last forever. They were like brothers, playing ball, fighting about the rules, celebrating each other’s birthdays (and later, weddings). One year MSD installed massive new pipes, so big you could stand up in them. The project took a while, so we could compare the size of the old ones (about the circumference of an arm or

leg) to the new ones. And, praise the lord, the flooding ceased. Still, the trials of living on waterfront property are manifest anew. These days (years, actually) the creek walls “maintained” by MSD are crumbling, tumbling down. Our yard has developed ominous sink holes. My neighbor’s front yard is shrinking, disappearing into the creek. She has lived here even longer than I have, and like me, she once thought the creek was a charming water feature. “Babbling brook,” I believe was her term of endearment. She is a woman of infinite patience who has, nevertheless, reached the end of it. It took 42 years to arouse her anger, but she has filed a lawsuit against MSD. In a kind of Catch-22, their current stance is hey, we’re broke, no money to fix anything, what can we do? At least they’re not blaming God anymore.


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