BREAKING NEWS: Water main break may affect students morning commute


UPDATE: A water main break occurred on Watson Road — west of Elm — at around 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 3. The pressure of the break caused pavement to buckle on Watson Road. Police blocked both eastbound lanes on Watson Road and eastbound traffic is using the median lane.


Photos are from the water main break at Big Bend and Plymouth on May 2 and the May 3 water main break at Watson and Elm. PHOTOS BY MEGAN FAVIGNANO AND BRITTANY RUESS.


A water main break Wednesday afternoon forced the cancellation of Webster University’s evening classes and the closure of food services Wednesday night. Classes resumed as scheduled Thurday, May 3, after repairs to the  break at Big Bend and Plymouth were completed late Wednesday night.  The break was resolved around midnight on May 2, said Barbara O’Malley, associate vice president and chief communications officer. Both lanes of Big Bend are open this morning (May 3).

All classes on Webster’s campus are canceled for the evening of May 2 because of a water main break at Big Bend Blvd. and Plymouth. Employees in Sverdrup, the University Center(UC), Visual Arts Studio, Maria Hall ( including Marletto’s) and Emerson Library were released at 3 p.m. today.  

At 11:31 a.m., on May 2, a water main break happened at the corner of Big Bend Blvd. at Plymouth.


Affected buildings on Webster’s campus include the Sverdrup, Maria Hall and Webster Hall, said Barbara O’Malley, associate vice president and chief communications officer. O’Malley said all buildings are being assessed, now. The East Academic Building (EAB), East and West Hall and the Garden Park Plaza are the only buildings not currently affected.

At the time, the Webster Groves Police Department (WGPD) directed traffic off of Big bend at Edgar Road and Plymonth. The WGPD is working with the Missouri American Water Company  to completely assess the damage.

At 12:49 p.m. the UC stopped serving food and Marletto’s will also stop serving food this afternoon in result of the water main break. Pizza and salad will be served for students at the regular dining time this evening.

According to Susan Kerth, media relations specialist, at 12:58 p.m., the traffic opened on both sides of Big Bend Blvd. The south side of the sidewalk is being used as a traffic lane.

All buildings are expected to loose water today except the EAB, West Hall, Webster Village Apartments and the Garden Park Plaza Garage.

Kerth said the water main break should be fixed within four hours. By 3 p.m., on May 2, the university will decide if evening classes will be held.




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