Massive Water Main Break Floods Homes, Closes School
Monday's water main break in Maryland Heights has been fixed.
A massive water main break that occured near McKelvey Road and Dorsett Road wreacked havoc across portions of Maryland Heights on Monday.
A handful of homes were reported flooded, residents were evacuated from their homes and McKelvey Elementary School was canceled for the day. The 20-inch rupture has since been fixed and McKelvey students will be back in session as normal, Parkway School District officials have said.
The water main broke at about 8:30 a.m. and wasn't fixed until late Monday afternoon.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Maryland Heights firefighters carried an 86-year-old woman to safety as the gusher slammed against her home. She had broken her hip recently and had to be carried to her car, which was in front of the house but out of the path of the torrent of water.
A Missouri American Water spokesman told the newspaper that the drought conditions cause ground to shift and water mains to break. She said the main that broke is about 50 years old. Missouri American Water is putting about $53 million this year into an effort to replace old mains.