South St. Louis water main break creates 20-30 feet hole, worryi -

South St. Louis water main break creates 20-30 feet hole, worrying residents

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By Ruella Rouf By Ruella Rouf

ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( – A water main break in south St. Louis leaves a massive hole, worrying residents of the safety risks in regards to traffic and children in the area.

The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) said the hole is 20 to 30 feet deep and has been caused by a water main break near the intersection of Miami and Arkansas about two weeks ago. The water main break also damaged other utilities in the area, including a 24 to 36 inch sewer line, which had to be replaced.

Residents in the area said they have had to deal with the aftermath for weeks, creating both an inconvenience and safety issue.

“Look at this big old gaping hold. That’s what I’m worried about. Cars, traffic, people—there’s a car driving by it right now and you don’t know if it’s going to fall in or not,” said one resident.

MSD said they are working to solve the problem. Due to the size of the hole, MSD had to start an emergency bid process. They are currently taking bids, but there is no exact date on when the hole will be repaired. The cost is estimated to be between $100,000 to $300,000.

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