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As summer heat begins to warm the ground and cause it to move, crews work to repair broken water mains.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A combination of oscillating temperatures and rainfall is causing problems right under our feet.  Water main breaks in St. Joseph are keeping Missouri American Water busy.

After a rough winter, the ground is finally starting to heat up which also causes it to move.  If these breaks aren't given immediate attention they can cause more damage to the ground and make roads unsafe for drivers.

"We've been getting a lot of rain and our, we got some older mains and they just deteriorate over time.  With all the rain we've had the ground set a little bit and when the ground moves, water mains don't.  And when they don't then they crack," said Foreman Dan Wyland.

As we continue into the summer months, more water mains are expected to break.  Foremen usually don't have an estimated time of repair when it comes to fixing breaks.  They have to dig up the ground and then figure out whether a part of the main needs a clamp or even if a piece needs to be cut out.  But, they aim to do so before there's any significant damage and flooding.


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