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Water main break temporarily disrupts services at MU Student Center

Thursday, October 13, 2011 | 6:44 p.m. CDT; updated 7:13 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 13, 2011
A-1 Party Perfect Rental was setting up behind the MU Student Center on Thursday afternoon for an event held by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources when the water main broke while workers were inserting a post for one of the tents.

COLUMBIA — A water main break Thursday evening behind the MU Student Center closed restaurants and restrooms inside the center for about 30 minutes.

The underground main was struck at about 4:30 p.m. when A-1 Party Perfect Rental was setting up posts for a party tent for an MU Homecoming event for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, said Michelle Froese, spokeswoman for the MU Student Center.

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“Facilities got over here right away and were able to isolate the problem," Froese said. "I think considering the time of year and all the events going on, everyone got over here pretty quickly.”

No water made its way into the building, and no damage to the Student Center was evident.

Steven Twidwell, an MU student, was riding his bike past the student center when he noticed “a large amount of water pouring down the sidewalk and water bubbling from the ground.”

Froese said the water came up over her ankles, and Twidwell said he thought there was about 3 inches of water rushing down the sidewalk behind the Student Center.

Karlan Seville, communication manager for Campus Facilities, said repairs were under way Thursday evening and the Taste of CAFNR luncheon scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday will still be held.

Damage estimates for the water main are unknown at this time.


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