(KMOV) – Bitter cold conditions earlier in the week continued to cause main breaks and pipe bursts throughout the St. Louis area on Wednesday.
In Swansea, Ill., all lanes of Highway 159 were closed due to a water main break that happened late Tuesday night. A spokesman for American Water originally said they hoped to have the highway repaired and back open by 12 p.m. Wednesday.
A southbound lane of Hanley was closed in Brentwood after a main broke there.
Water was running down a north St. Louis street because of a main break near the intersection of Goodfellow and Veronica.
A pipe also burst at the Sheraton Inn in Fairview Heights around 5:45 a.m.. Hotel staff say guests staying above where the pipes burst were asked to wait in the lobby while they turned the power back and located the break.
St. Louis County police say its communication center sustained a water pipe break, causing a temporary relocation of communications.
Several other businesses and government buildings were forced to close due to breaks, including MX Theatre on Washington Ave. and the Indian Trails St. Louis County Library branch on Delport.
The News 4 newsroom was also impacted after a pipe break doused multiple offices in water.
According to Missouri American Water, water main breaks occur frequently when frigid water runs through warmer pipes underground.