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30-inch water main breaks in downtown Kansas City, MO; water service impacted

Update, 9:21 PM | | Mayor Q @KintonLucasKCC We would like to thank the Kansas City crew for their responsiveness, especially the women and men of the Kansas City Fire Department who first discovered and addressed the problem and kept individuals out of danger.

Update, 9:11 PM | @meganrabundis Huge amounts of water rushed through three downtown blocks. The water lifted the car, pulling up huge slabs of concrete and pushing debris and rocks under the car. According to KCMO, the water he was turned off after 75 minutes

Update, 8:20 PM | From KC Tram – rider alert #kcs street car Service has resumed.Thank you very much @KCMO Water @KCMOFireDept @kc police & @Kansas City for your prompt response.Thank you to the Tram Operations and Maintenance team for keeping riders safe and clearing the tracks quickly

Update, 8:17 PM | From KC Tram – @KCMO Water It is being repaired on site. The water flow on Main Street has subsided and cleaning has begun. #BrushyMcBrushface is clearing #kcs street car Main Street tracks run from 17th Street to 19th Street.Service will be restored soon

UPDATE 8:14 PM | FROM KANSAS CITY – Water pressure is now stable throughout the city, thanks to the response of several city agencies. We will continue to provide updates.

Update, 8:05 PM | City officials tweeted that they believed pressure in the water system had “stabilized.”

Update, 8 PM | The water that was flowing down Walnut Street stopped.

Several cars were damaged by the rushing water.

Update, 7:53 PM | A Kansas City Fire Department crew member found running water when they finished another call in the area, according to a Kansas City Fire Department spokeswoman.

Mayor Quinton Lucas said people in the downtown KCMO area will have access to bottled water.

As many as 200,000 Kansas citizens could be affected by the broken water main, Mayor Lucas said at a news conference near the break.

Mayor Brian Platt said repairs could take a day or two.

Noting that the city is working to upgrade its infrastructure, Lucas shared his frustration with residents after tonight’s tragedy.

Waterworks officials have to dig a large hole to reach the broken pipe.

They have to remove the damaged pipe and then install the new pipe.

Update, 7:40 PM | A Minnesota couple told KSHB 41’s Megan Abundis that they were dining in Tom’s Town when a waitress told them they were closed because they had no water.
The couple tried other restaurants nearby but they also didn’t have running water.

Update, 7:30 PM | The City of Kansas City, Missouri, says crew members are on site and are working to provide updates.

Update, 7:27 PM | The KCMO Water Authority reports a 30-inch main broke tonight. Low water pressure and water outages are already a problem. The crew has started repairs on site.

Update, 7:18 PM | From the KC Tram Twitter feed: @KCMO Water is on site and the water valve is closed. Water is starting to recede from the area and cleanup will begin soon.one time #BrushyMcBrushface clear trackways of silt and debris, #kcs street car Services are restarted.

Update, 7:15 PM | The Kansas City, Missouri, Water Authority emailed users around 7:10 p.m. Friday that water pressure could drop in the area south of the Missouri River to 63rd Street.

Before | A broken water main in the Crossroads Arts District just south of downtown Kansas City, Missouri has disrupted travel.

kansas city streetcar murmured Service was interrupted around 6:50 on Friday night due to “excessive flooding in the area.”

The break appears to be along West 17th Street between Main Street and Walnut Street.

Some apartment dwellers and at least one restaurant have reported no running water service.

This is a developing story and will be updated.