South Grand water main break causes I-64 slowdowns

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Update: I-64 at Grand has reopened as of 10:50 a.m.

ST. LOUIS – A water main broke Wednesday at about 3:00 a.m. on South Grand near SLU’s campus causing that stretch of road to be shut down.

This water main break caused some backups on 64 east. Water was going onto the interstate from South Grand.

The water company said it is a 36-inch main break. Jason Maxwell in the Nissan Rogue Runner was at the scene.

Vincent Foggie, the water distribution superintendent for the city’s water division said it is not a preventable occurence.

“We come out and it’s a matter of trying to locate the leak, get it isolated as quickly as possible, and then we go to work,” Foggie said. “We have to take all the safety aspects and keep the public moving through. We try to close off the area so the residents or public going through doesn’t get injured in the process of it.”

Foggie said there have been no reports of residents between Laclede and around Choteau without water so far.

Once all of the pumps connected to the main are shut off, the real clean up can begin.

“Then we’ll have to drain it to stop the water up here and then they can continue on and we’ll probably be able to open up a little later this evening,” Foggie said. “We’ll scrape up as much as we can and then we’ll call in and see if we can get some assistance with other chemicals, salt, grain, or whatever it takes to try and clear it up but we will clean up all the ice that we can with the equipment that we have available. “

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