Water main break fixed in Clayton but damage left behind - KMOV.com

Water main break fixed in Clayton but damage left behind

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Water main break fixed on July 26, but damaged left behind in Clayton (Credit: KMOV) Water main break fixed on July 26, but damaged left behind in Clayton (Credit: KMOV)
Water main break occurred at Clayton Road and South Hanley Road; westbound on Clayton Road shut down on July 25 (Credit: KMOV) Water main break occurred at Clayton Road and South Hanley Road; westbound on Clayton Road shut down on July 25 (Credit: KMOV)

CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – People living and working in a Clayton neighborhood finally have running water again.

Crews were out during the afternoon on July 26 repairing the damage left behind from the water main break in Clayton.

The water main break occurred at Clayton Road and South Road around 4 p.m. on July 25 leaving more than 100 residents without any running water. Crews had to shut down westbound Clayton Road.

Missouri American Water crews say a 20-inch water main broke.

An official with Missouri American Water says with all the water soaking the road, combined with heat, the asphalt can ripple and sinkholes are possible.

“It's a dangerous situation. We want to make sure everybody is safe, so we have a crew out there fixing it as quickly as we can,” said Brian Russell, External Affairs Manager for Missouri American Water.

Other water main breaks have occurred across the St. Louis area in July. Residents in communities like Valley Park and De Soto had to deal with boil water advisories because of water main breaks.

Russell says the cause of water main breaks is the intense heat.

“The increase usage in the summer during the hot times forces us to pump water at a higher pressure, and when you pump at a higher pressure, it’s gonna break the weak points in the system,” said Russell.

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