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St. Louis light-rail officials estimate up to $20 million in flood damage

The worst damage occurred on MetroLink equipment located between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere and Delmar Loop stations.
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Metro Transit-St. Louis officials calculated this week's flash floods and record rainfall caused $18 million to $20 million in damage to the MetroLink light-rail system.

Crews are working around the clock to assess damage and make repairs to restore rail service, agency officials said in a press release. The transit agency has requested emergency federal and state funding to help cover its costs to repair and restore service.

The worst damage occurred on MetroLink equipment between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere and Delmar Loop stations. One train valued at $10 million is expected to be a total loss, agency officials said. Station elevators, system communications equipment and fiber optics, signal systems and track beds also were significantly damaged.

"We have never seen flash-flooding to these extreme levels on the 46-mile MetroLink system since it opened in 1993," said Bi-State Development President and CEO Taulby Roach. Bi-State operates the Metro Transit-St. Louis.

MetroLink train service is available only between the Central West End and Shiloh-Scott stations at this time.

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