DOWNTOWN WEST – Water flooded streets early Tuesday morning after a 36-inch water main broke near Lucas Avenue and Washington Avenue, and the city Water Division issued a precautionary boil order for a wide section of the area.
Water pressure service has been restored, but because of potential contamination from the break, residents should bring water to a boil for at least three minutes before using it for drinking, cooking or other uses such as brushing teeth.
The affected area is south of Palm Street/Natural Bridge Avenue; west of Interstate 70; north of Chouteau Avenue; and east of Jefferson Avenue.
The boil advisory is expected to be in place for at least 24 hours. The water will be tested for safety before the order is lifted.
Ameren UE was also on site to manage power lines and avoid electrical shorts in flooded areas of some of the areas high rises. As of 2pm this afternoon, power had only been partially restored to some buildings in the area.