(KMOV)-- The extremely cold temperatures are taking their toll. There were at least four water main breaks overnight.
The first is at Kingshighway and Tholozan in south St. Louis. There was so much water coming out early Thursday that it was tough for crews to tell if it had turned to ice yet underneath on the road's surface. The water was bubbling up from the ground and running down the road.
The water main break forced a westbound lane of Kingshighway to be blocked off at Tholozan because of the ice and proximity of work crews. They had to dig a huge hole to get to the broken pipe. This section of Tholozan should be off limits most of Thursday.
The second is about 3 1/2 miles further south at Morganford and Carondelet. This is down along the River Des Peres.
There were also water main breaks at January and Aletha and at Compton and Olive.
Repairs on each are ongoing.
Water temperatures below 40-degrees can cause pipes to become brittle and when the ground is below freezing that causes even more stress on the pipes.