Extreme temps cause several water main breaks around St. Louis region

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by KMOV.com Staff | @KMOV

KMOV.com

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 7 at 5:41 PM

(KMOV) – Bitter cold conditions caused multiple water main breaks around the St. Louis area on Tuesday.

One break happened in south St. Louis near Hampton and Holly Hills, while another occurred at Brown and Natural Bridge.

In the Metro East, a News 4 viewer said a water main broke near Madison and 25th in Granite City. 

A sprinkler head also burst overnight at Johnson Wabash Elementary School in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. The building sustained damage and district officials were deciding whether to transfer students to another school on Wednesday while repairs were being made.

Earlier Tuesday, authorities were forced to close both directions of a section of Highway 367 in north St. Louis County after a water main break caused the water to freeze as it hit the road.  

News 4 received tips of other breaks around the region, though they were not officially confirmed.

According to Missouri American Water, water main breaks occur frequently when frigid water runs through warmer pipes underground.

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