MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A broken water main is blamed for flooding several basements in a Maryland Heights neighborhood Monday morning.
Police were forced to close McKelvey Road near the intersection of Redcoat Drive after the 20-inch main ruptured round 8:30 a.m.
A News 4 viewer sent in a picture and said the break was just down the street from her home. In the picture, water could be seen shooting across a roadway and into a neighboring yard. The gushing water also appeared to be touching power lines.
Authorities said an 86-year-old woman had to be carried to safety after the gusher slammed against her home.
Crews with Missouri American Water responded to the scene and had the ruptured main fixed by about 3:45 p.m. Officials said water had been restored to the 30 to 50 homes in the area that had been experiencing low water pressure.
Officials said several basements were flooded and seven homes were reportedly damaged as a result of the break. Some residents had to be evacuated.
Missouri American Water sent insurance claims adjusters and a restoration company to the scene to help residents with damaged homes.
McKelvey Elementary School, located in the 1700 block of McKelvey Road, was dismissed early due to the break. School officials said they expected to be back open for business on Tuesday.
Police did not say how long McKelvey Road would be closed, but hoped to have it back open by 5:30 p.m. Monday evening.
The cause of the break was unknown.
The Missouri Humane Society was helping take care of two cats and dog for a homeowner whose house was damaged. Anyone else who needs assistance is asked to call 314-647-4400.