Low temps cause at least 10 water mains break in St. Louis County

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4 | @KMOVMatt

KMOV.com

Posted on December 15, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 6:41 AM

(KMOV.com) -- A massive water main break in West County Sunday night sprayed tons of water directly on to a house and the water company says this isn’t the only break to happen.

That water main break was one of nearly a dozen to happen in St. Louis County Sunday, according to Great America Water, and they said it is a result of the cold temperatures.

Sally Klipsch was at her Des Peres home, in the 1400 block of Fawn Valley Drive, when the water main broke. She said the water shot into the sky and all over the house.

Raw: House sprayed with water following water main break in St. Louis Co.

“One of the neighbors came over and said you have a water main break,” said Klipsch, “And it started out as a small trickle and within minutes it just blew.”

Klipsch said they had to battle to keep the water out of the house for over two hours.

“It was about as high as the utility pole so about 50 feet just pounding the house and the roof,” Klipsch said, “And there’s water all around the house. Everything, flooded everywhere.”

Missouri American Water said there were 11 water main breaks around St. Louis County as of Monday morning and most of them were caused when frigid water ran through warmer pipes underground.

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