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Water main break shuts down KCMO office complex

Water rushing down steps after main line break
Posted at 10:58 PM, Dec 29, 2022

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 10-inch water main burst under West 7th Street near Broadway Boulevard in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, left an office complex and nearby businesses without water Thursday.

"We have no water whatsoever. No ability to use the restrooms, sinks, washing hands, none of it," said Brian Ellis, who works in the building. "It's not available."

The inconvenience irked Ellis, who commented on the unwanted disruption caused by the break.

"It's very frustrating, it makes it difficult to do your job," Ellis said. "I feel guilty because my employees, you want to give them the basic necessities to be able to get their job done, and you can't offer that. And you're not sure what to do."

Dozens of similar water line breaks have recently been reported across the city, many caused by aging infrastructure cracking during the deep freeze and swift thaw.

No timeline has been given yet on when the West 7th Street and Broadway Boulevard break will be repaired.