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Intense heat causes water main break at West County church

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Water covering the floor inside St. Mary and St. Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church due to water main break (Credit: KMOV) Water covering the floor inside St. Mary and St. Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church due to water main break (Credit: KMOV)

UNINCORPORATED ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Authorities say the heat has caused several major water main breaks throughout the St. Louis area and the latest break damaged a church property.

The church is located in unincorporated St. Louis County near the intersection of Ross Avenue and Fee Fee Road.               

Leaders at St. Mary and St. Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church say they were in disbelief when they first saw how much damage the water caused to their buildings during the morning on June 15.           

Missouri American Water officials say water main breaks will continue to happen in the heat. Crews worked to fix the broken water main.               

“Generally in hot weather like this they break more because we have to increase pressure in our system because people are mowing their lawns, filling their pools, stuff like that. So that extra pressure breaks weak spots like this,” said Brian Russell, External Affairs Manager for Missouri American Water.

The water company says this situation was an older line that has had problems in the past but has not been fixed. In 2016, the company lost the ability to charge water customers a special fee that went specifically to fixing old lines.

“Because we lost our funding, now we couldn't do it. So what is happening, old mains like this are just more likely to break,” said Russell.

Missouri American Water officials say they are working in Jefferson City to re-establish the special fee.

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