A water main broke on Hall Street and Humboldt Avenue around 5 a.m. Thursday. It sent water shooting more than six feet into the air. At least one lane of traffic was covered in water and shut down because of the sudden geyser. This was less than a half mile southeast of the Medium Security Institution in North St. Louis.
An earlier water main break shut off water to hundreds of homes in South St. Louis.
“Our biggest thing is trying to get Chippewa open before rush hour.” Vince Foggie, St. Louis Water Division Water Distribution Superintendent. “We will be bringing in extra equipment to clean the roads from the debris that is out here on Chippewa.”
Foggie went on to say a few hundred people had low water pressure at the start of the break. By 5 a.m. there were only about 100 homes without service. He expected Chippewa fully open to traffic before 7 a.m. But, he said he would have to wait until workers could start repairs on the main before giving an official cause of the break.