Water main break near 9th and Walnut causes apartment evacuation, delays KC street car

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A water main break at a KCMO apartment complex caused problems for residents and streetcar riders Wednesday night.

Crews responded to a water main break at Walnut Tower near 9th Street and Walnut. The apartment complex where the break occurred was evacuated.

Additionally, the KC streetcar temporarily delayed service as water was flowing toward the tracks. Service resumed around 9:45 p.m.

Officials have not said what caused the break, but water could be seen gushing from parts of the building.

"Took a look at the staircase and you could literally see water rushing up," resident Chris Jones said. "It was sort of like the Titanic, just like coming all the way up. It's crazy. My car is on the second level of the garage, so I'm worried it's under water."

Firefighters worked for at least an hour to get the water turned off. Walnut Tower residents don't currently have access to water, but crews from the water department are expected to be in the building, working to fix that.

According to the property manager, the issue was related to the main water pipe that receives water from the city, and the apartment has been experiencing water problems throughout the day.

Earlier Wednesday, the south stairwell flooded, and Wednesday evening the same happened on the north side of the building. It's believed that the water is isolated to the stairwells.

The property manager said there was no official evacuation order given, but it appears there was a miscommunication that led to an announcement being made.

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