Water still spilling into downtown intersection after water main break over a month ago
Posted August 28
St. Louis, Missouri — A water main break in downtown St. Louis has been gushing water since July 21 and it's closed down one business ever since.
The water is spilling out of a hole near the intersection of Convention Plaza & Tucker Blvd. The day the break happened, the morning of July 21, water flooded the building of African Hair Braiding, which is owned by Fatou Dieng. Her sister, Aejara Jordan, works at the salon as well and spoke to News 4 about the damage.
"Our basement is flooded, a complete disaster. We cannot go there and the bathroom is there," said Jordan.
The water inside their building not only flooded the basement but warped all the hardwood floors. The sisters were forced to close their doors.
"It's very overwhelming," said Jordan.
It's been over a month since they've been able to serve any of their customers. Neither of them thought they would be out of business this long.
"It's just horrible. We have bills to pay and taking care of our family. It's not easy at all," said Jordan.
The City of St. Louis' Water Department spent Friday at the main break pumping, pushing water and balancing out levels. They are prepping to fix the main, but they are on hold, waiting for the new pipe to be shipped in.
"It's kind of an odd diameter pipe and we didn't have any in stock, so we had to go outside to get them and it has a long delivery time," said Curt Skouby with the City of St. Louis Water Department.
Skouby says they do not like seeing water spilling out on the street, but it's better than shutting off the water completely.
"You have a dry pipe, you can get some contamination or easily get some wildlife in there," said Skouby.
Despite the damage, the sisters are staying loyal to their building, just like their customers.
"We really want to keep the building," said Jordan, "Everybody knows here, this is the place they know."
They are also staying optimistic the city can help them re-open and operating like normal again.
"I'm hoping they are going to help. You'd think they'd do something about it, but we'll see," said Jordan.
The Water Department expects the new pipe to be delivered and replaced in two weeks. The
The salon cannot start repairing their building until the main is fixed first, so their re-opening date will be delayed longer than two weeks.