Water main break causes I-70 to temporarily shut down

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A portion of I-70 was shut down early Tuesday morning due to a water main break.

The break happened near 7th and Baltimore and was reported just after 1:30 a.m.

The break caused water to flood a parking lot and overflow onto I-70, which is about 150 yards away. Northbound I-70 was closed for nearly two hours while crews worked to shut off the water and remove excess water from the highway.

It is not clear what caused the break in 16-inch pipe, but crews say it not uncommon for pipes to burst during extreme temperatures.

The break was not expected to affect anyone, but the initial water pressure drop could be felt as far away as Crown Center.

Crews were not sure how long repairs would take.

Photo courtesy of FOX 4 photojournalist Steve Silvestri.

Photo courtesy of FOX 4 photojournalist Steve Silvestri.