Photojournalist Chris Cross documents water main break on Market Street in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The City of St. Louis Streets Department hopes to have the pavement repaired from a water main break in time for the St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday.
Water began gushing into the intersection of Market and 16th around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, just as fans were beginning to leave a Bon Jovi concert at the Scottrade Center.
The water was shut off around midnight, but there is significant damage to Market Street. It is closed between 16th and 17th streets.
The main has been shut off and crews are working to repair the pavement.
The City Streets Department hopes to have it repaired by 5 p.m. Friday, but said it's a big repair job.
The parade and run routes are expected to go through the intersection on Saturday. Both the water and street department said there's going to be a run and parade, but they will have a plan B in case the job isn't finished.
"Right now we're on board" said Todd Waeltermann, of the streets department. "they're going to do their event. If everything were to go wrong, we'll figure out how to temporarily patch it. Maybe, we'd have to put steel plates in there or something like that, but we're going to make it so we're going to have a parade and a run on Saturday."