The other day while walking Speaker through the Concordia Seminary campus I came upon a couple of the building and grounds guys working with a storm drain.
I stopped and asked what was going on.
They said they had been asked to lift the iron collar which surrounds the opening so that it was level with the street. At some point in time the collar had settled about an inch or two below street level.
Kurt and John hooked a strong chain onto one of the long steel prongs of a bobcat and lifted. Boom. In seconds that collar was back up to where it was supposed to be. After a bit of shimming and concrete filling of the gap, it was good as new.
I used to enjoy spending time with the Collinsville street department guys as well as watching and learning what was what with the water and sewer people as well. This time I learned something which made me think, "oh, yuck." Seems in Clayton many of the older neighborhoods have storm water lines and sanitary sewer lines which meet and combine. In Collinsville these lines are different.