(KMOV)-- A giant hole caused by a 42-inch water main break is creating problems for businesses in the area.
The water main break happened 5 weeks ago at Geyer and Mississippi. The major line is coated on the inside and encased in concrete on the outside. Crews were surprised it broke. But it turns out the problem is decades old.
"The original installation was 60 years ago, they had not fully cased the pipe with concrete so it allowed, over 60 years, for corrosion to occur that within time allowed it to give way, " said Public Utilities Director/St. Louis water Commissioner Curt Skouby .
The mistake has proven costly, not just for the city, but for businesses trying to stay afloat. Each day customers can't get to them.
The owner of K's Antiques says their business is taking a beating from the original burst.
A 20 foot section of water line has to go, but the pipe wasn't even ordered until this week. Once it gets here, it will need to be coated and installed. This will take another 3 weeks.