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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - St. Louis City water crews scrambled to repair two large water main breaks before the morning rush hour.

A water main broke on Hall Street and Humboldt Avenue around 5 a.m. Thursday. It sent water shooting more than six feet into the air. At least one lane of traffic was covered in water and shut down because of the sudden geyser. This was less than a half mile southeast of the Medium Security Institution in North St. Louis.

An earlier water main break shut off water to hundreds of homes in South St. Louis.

The 20-inch main broke around 1 a.m. Thursday on Lindenwood Place, sending water flowing onto Chippewa Street. Crews finally got the main shut off by 5 a.m.

“Our biggest thing is trying to get Chippewa open before rush hour.” Vince Foggie, St. Louis Water Division Water Distribution Superintendent. “We will be bringing in extra equipment to clean the roads from the debris that is out here on Chippewa.”

Foggie went on to say a few hundred people had low water pressure at the start of the break. By 5 a.m. there were only about 100 homes without service. He expected Chippewa fully open to traffic before 7 a.m. But, he said he would have to wait until workers could start repairs on the main before giving an official cause of the break.