‘A river flowing down the street’: Water main break floods downtown St. Louis streets


ST. LOUIS – Downtown streets flooded significantly at Washington Avenue at 9th Street due to a massive water main break. This started at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Bommarito Automotive SkyFOX Helicopter shows that the flooding is impacting the northern areas of downtown St. Louis to Soulard.

Authorities say the 36 inch main busted, sending an incredible amount of water flowing down streets.

There are lots of businesses in the area and many cars parked in the basements of buildings.
Several feet of water got into those basements damaging dozens of cars including some luxury vehicles.

The water was turned off to help the flooding subside. A lot of the water in the street drained into a large sewer hole.

FOX 2/ KPLR 11 talked with residents who live in the loft area and those whose cars were flooded in one of the building’s basement.

“This was extremely upsetting. I don’t know who is liable for this, I’m not sure we will find out through out the day  but my car is totaled,” Destiny Stewart said.

“I thought, what am I going to do as far as a vehicle. I  just bought that vehicle and it’s a hybrid. So that might add to the complexity of getting it possibly repaired or replaced,” Jackie Lee said. 

“It was nothing but a river flowing down the street,  it was bad,” Richard Alexander said. “There was so much water. I thought for a minute of getting my car out of the garage but I  thought it’s so light, it may float.”

Precautionary Boil Order Area

A precautionary boil order has been issued by the St. Louis City Water Division after a massive water main break downtown. The water pressure has fallen below acceptable levels. The areas included in the boil order stretch from Natural Bridge to Chouteau and east of Jefferson.

Water has been restored to the area and the boil order was issued out of an abundance of caution. It remains in place until further notice. Test results could take 24 hours.

The City Water Division will issue a boil water advisory when there is a concern that a problem with drinking water may exist but has not yet been confirmed. The order is usually limited to drinking water and may not include water used for bathing.

You can call the St. Louis City Water Division at 314-771-2255 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at: 1-800-361-4827.

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