Water Main Break May Slow Traffic on Market Street

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) -It was a wet mess early this morning downtown after a water main broke sending water into a busy intersection.


Crews got the water shut off but repairs could take several hours.  It all happened at 11th and Market in heart of downtown.  Water division officials say a 12 inch main broke around 3:30am this morning.


Authorities say at the height of the break part of 11th Street was raised two to three feet off the ground from the force of the rushing water.


Workers tell us they don’t think the intersection will have to be closed to make the repairs because the break is basically over some parking spaces.


A water main break in this same area back in 2008 flooded the basement of the Carnahan Courthouse and forced the courts to close for a day.

That is not the case this time.


Courthouse officials say there is no flooding and their water is working just fine.

In fact, water workers say nobody is out of water because of the break.

As for the break, crews are blaming old pipes.

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