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Local water main breaks become increasingly problematic

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A water main break on State Street in Alton on Dec. 27 sprayed water three stories high. (Credit: KMOV) A water main break on State Street in Alton on Dec. 27 sprayed water three stories high. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Water main breaks are becoming a big problem due to extremely cold weather patterns.

Missouri American Water has dealt with nearly two dozen water breaks in the past few weeks, and they tell News 4 they have seen a substantial increase in the number of breaks in the past couple of days.

The company confirmed on Saturday that crews have repaired more than 75 broken mains daily but have 200 additional issues to investigate including frozen internal plumbing, frozen service lines and sorting through duplicate reports

One water main break in Alton earlier this week caused a three-story geyser.

Crews from Missouri American Water rushed out to Watson Road in Crestwood to repair another water main break Friday. Luckily, the break did not cause much traffic.

Repair crews were also out in Affton on Dec. 29, 2017  for a water main break on Montbrook Drive.

Missouri American Water said they have 47 repair crews, all of which are working double shifts to keep up with the high number of water main breaks. 

However due to the incoming  inclement weather, the company has pulled crews off the roadway due to safety concerns. The work will resumed once it determined safe.

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