(KMOV) – Residents across St. Louis are coping with water main breaks, and in south city, one large water main break has had water gushing in the area for three days.
The south city main broke Sunday evening near Geyer and Mississippi, and crews are working on re-routing water from other service lines to get water back to homeowners and businesses.
The city’s water lines are very old, and the one that broke on Sunday was the biggest – it’s a 42-inch main that affects about 70 homes.
The water department says the main could take anywhere from three days to two weeks to repair.
There were four additional water main breaks in the area Tuesday between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. spanning from north to south city.
On Russell Blvd. between 18th Street and Mississippi Ave. in south St. Louis a six inch line broke and three blocks are without water.
A 12 inch line broke at Jamieson Ave. and Walsh Street, but no outages were reported.
At Central and Bircher in north St. Louis, a 10-inch line broke, leaving two blocks without water.
On Hildegard between Clifton and Bishop, two blocks were left without water.
Officials say they expect the majority of residents to be out of water for eight to 12 hours.
The city says it will salt the streets to combat ice that will likely form overnight.
There is no word yet on the cause of all the breaks, but experts say water main breaks are expected when the temperatures are extremely cold or hot.