Fenton water main break forces businesses to close temporarily

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FENTON, MO (KTVI) – It was pretty obvious this was no typical Friday afternoon on Gravois Road, just east of Highway 141.

Nancy Mohrman could be seen peeking out from behind a makeshift water block just outside of her store, Wallpaper, Paint and More. The pavement in the parking lot was all broken up with puddles of standing water.

“Our delivery driver came out to the front of the store and said, 'Oh my God!'” Mohrman said. “One of our firemen came in, got trash bags from us, and grabbed asphalt from out in the parking lot and put it in front of the door. And that stopped it.”

A Missouri-American Water company worker said the water main break will left businesses on both side of Gravois here without water, all the way down to Water Street.

The manager of a KFC chain could be seen talking to Missouri-American Water Company officials. That manager told Fox 2 News that without water pressure, the KFC would have to close.

Nikki Nordin and her daughter could be seen just walking up and down Gravois.

“We're here for a birthday party and my 6-year-old has to use the bathroom, and we can't find a bathroom anywhere within walking distance,” Nordin said.

The Taco Bell sign remained dark into the evening. A hand-written sign on the front door reads, “Sorry, we’re closed. No water.”

Inside Hardee’s, you’ll find an empty dining room, and bored employees on what is otherwise a busy night.

Shift manager Kayleigh Shook said, “I called our store manager because I've been through this before to let him know we got to shut down.”

Late Friday night, Missouri-American Water company crews said repair work was nearly complete, and area businesses should have water once again shortly after 10 p.m.

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