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Gushing water main in Lemay repaired

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UPDATED at 2:30 p.m. Friday with information that main was repaired water service restored

LEMAY • A broken main in Lemay that rocketed water two stories into the air early Friday morning was repaired this afternoon, according to a spokeswoman for the Missouri American Water utility.

The six-inch main broke early this morning along Horn Avenue at the intersection with Lemay Ferry Road. It is near two businesses, Fitzgibbons Painting and Alamo Military Collectibles.

Crews made repairs and restored water service to eight nearby homes and a business by about 1 p.m., said Christie Barnhart, spokeswoman for Missouri American Water.

Shortly after 7 a.m. today, police said the geyser was spewing baseball-sized shards of the street into the air. No injuries were reported.

St. Louis County police had closed the area to traffic. Crews from Missouri American Water came to shut off the water there and make repairs.

Barnhart said water mains can break because of drought conditions or anytime there is a significant fluctuation in temperature.

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