Water main breaks in Country Club Plaza area leave businesses, residences without water

Robert A. Cronkleton/bcronkleton@kcstar.com

Update: Water main breaks at 105 Ward Parkway and 4900 Main Street were repaired and water service was expected to return to normal as of around 5 p.m., a city spokeswoman said in a statement.

Crews worked overnight to repair two 6-inch water main breaks that left businesses and homes in the Country Club Plaza area without water, a spokeswoman for the Kansas City water department said Wednesday.

The breaks occurred around 3:30 p.m. near 105 Ward Parkway and 4900 Main Street, said Heather Frierson, a spokeswoman for KC Water.

Crews had to shut off water to make repairs. About 40 customers in eight apartment buildings and three businesses, along with two fire hydrants, were affected by the break on Ward Parkway, Frierson said.

Crews were making repairs and customers could experience low or no water pressure while they work, she said.

Two customers were affected by the break that occurred on Main.

The number of people and businesses affected by the outages could be higher, depending on whether they pay for water services individually or if their building is on one account, she said.

The Kansas City Public Library announced on Twitter that the Plaza Branch was closed Tuesday and remained closed Wednesday because of the break. People were directed to other branches for books and other library resources.

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Customers in the area were notified via text or email of the water being shut off.

Details on how long it would take to make the repairs were not available.