Clean Up Continues After Huge Water Main Break Damages Homes

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It was a day of clean up in Lemay after a major water main break flooded several homes.
The break near Bayless and I-55 happened yesterday afternoon and the damage could take months to fix.

From couches to carpets to wood paneling, all kinds of items in from the flooding were thrown into dumpsters.

Many of those items were from the home of Pat McNamee`s grandmother. Part of the basement used to be finished. Now it’s gutted after water rushed through it.
Pictures are the only items that could be saved.

'It just totally destroyed it. I mean when we finally opened the door we just see all the couches and the TV’s just floating around,' said McNamee.

'It was coming down people’s driveways. It was coming across our backyard, coming down this street,' added Sandy Stragliati, who had some water damage to her basement.

McNamee's grandmother is on a cruise and doesn't even know about the damage.
Nine homes suffered water damage; eight of them on Deibold Court.
Basements were flooded and in one case, a new car took on water.

The water was several feet deep in some homes. Crews worked all night into the morning cleaning out homes.

'It was one of the worst things we’ve ever seen as a company locally here. It’s just because people’s furniture and refrigerators were floating. Their furnaces were completely covered in water,' said Kevin Thole, the owner of Servpro of Oakville/Mehlville, a restoration company.

Missouri American Water spokesperson Ann Dettmer says the 12 inch main that broke dated back to the 1950`s and simply gave out. Dettmer tells us the water was flowing for around an hour and a half before crews could get it shut off.

Some residents felt the damage might not have been as bad if the water would have been shut off quicker.

Missouri American is focusing on working with residents and their insurance companies.

'Each situation is individual and unique. And we’re going took at each one and we have a policy where we work very closely with homeowners insurance in these areas. That’s our policy and we are going to do everything we can to get their homes and their lives restored,' said Dettmer.

Dettmer says Missouri American will also consider compensating the impacted residents for damages that insurance might not cover.

Nobody was hurt.

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