Rising temperatures causing dozens of water main breaks in St. Louis

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 31, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 31 at 5:52 PM

(KMOV.com) -- The high temperatures around St. Louis are causing havoc on a number of aging water pipes.

Multiple streets flooded Saturday morning in north St. Louis and officials said at least 12 water pipes busted open in the past three days, including one near St. Louis University.

St. Louis City Water Department is working to make the repairs, but the rising temperatures don’t help.

“We’re going to have water main breaks, especially during the hot weather months because we’re pumping a lot more water so there’s a lot more pressure on these pipes that are old,” said Ann Dettmer with Missouri American Water, “Also, the ground is dry and you get a little bit of shifting in the dry ground.”

Dettmer said Missouri American spent $40 million in 2012 replacing old pipes they believed were more likely to break and cause problems.

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