Water main break damages roads near Kirkwood

A water main break in South County created a 4 feet by 18 feet hole in the pavement.

A water main break that occurred near Kirkwood on Sunday is a problem that plagues many older parts of St. Louis County.

The water main occurred near South Sappington Road and East Argonne Drive Sunday causing a 4-foot by 18-foot hole in the pavement with water spouting out from it.

Sappington Rd by #Ursuline Academy in #kirkwood is shut down because of a water main break. There’s about a four ft. wide hole in the ground. #KMOV pic.twitter.com/l5NyeWe4MK— Alexis Zotos (@alexiszotos) May 6, 2018

Sources told News 4 a strong stream of water was flowing around 2 p.m. near the entrance of Ursuline Academy. The Ursuline Academy was not affected.

Missouri American Water shut off water for residents nearby and restored it around 6:30 a.m. Monday.

WATER BACK ON!!!! If you live in Oakland, near Sappington and E. Monroe your water is back on. Crews were turning it on LIVE on #N4TM. @KMOV pic.twitter.com/bx7MY36o2t— Justin Andrews (@Justin_EAndrews) May 7, 2018

The water company said the roads will reopen by Tuesday after a temporary patch is placed over the damaged pavement. Crews will return at a later date to make a permanent fix.

Since May 2015, there have been at least three big water main breaks on Sappington Road. Last July the road buckled and homes were flooded due to a major break. Missouri American Water officials said the cause of the breaks is aging infrastructure.

Many older parts of St. Louis County such as University City, Oakland and Webster Groves are more susceptible to problems of aging infrastructure.

Missouri American Water said it is trying to get ahead of the problem.

"We identify the streets that have had several main breaks and this stretch of Sappington qualifies. We try to ID where we have been too many time for too many main breaks and try to identify it because we don't want to keep coming back and disturbing customers," said Brian Russell with Missouri American Water.

Russell said water main cost around $1 million, but it is cheaper than have to replace a main once it breaks.

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