Water main breaks near Boone County Hospital

A water main broke Wednesday near Boone County Hospital, damaging Anthony Street.

As if Columbia didn’t already have enough wet stuff to contend with, a water main on Ann St. broke Wednesday night near Boone Hospital Center, flooding Anthony Street and resulting in a boil-water alert for some residents.

Columbia Water & Light has advised six customers to boil their water, spokeswoman Lissie Wade said. She said the hospital’s water was not affected.

A number of residents in the East Campus neighborhood complained of discolored water.

“Our water was this yellowish-brown color last night (yick),” Madi McKeough said in a text. “We didn’t hear anything from the city about a boil order or anything though, our landlord just told us he’d call them in the morning and not to drink the water until then.”

If you find cloudy tap water, call the Columbia Water & Light office’s after-hours line, (573) 875-2555, or its business-hour line, (573) 874-CITY (2489). @galenbacharier pic.twitter.com/m6Q417XTw5— Alex Hackworth (@alexmhackworth) May 2, 2019

The water main break cracked the road’s entire width and caused it to sink.

Here’s a look at the source of it all. All we know right now is that there is a water main break. Columbia water is on its way to shut off the main. The streets department is also en route. @KOMUnews pic.twitter.com/vyRJNZonoj— Abby Dodge (@abby_dodge) May 2, 2019

The CThe Columbia Fire Department and Columbia Water & Light shut off water to the main Wednesday night, and repair crews were on the scene Thursday.

Ambulances were able to enter and exit the hospital without a problem because they use a different road.

Ann Street was open by Thursday afternoon. The cause of the water main break was unknown as of Thursday morning.

Columbia Missourian reporters Alyssa Shikles, Sadie Lea and Tessa McGartland contributed to this story.

  • I'm a community reporter for spring 2019, and I'm a sophomore at the University of Missouri studying magazine writing. Reach me at amsyg2@mail.missouri.edu, or in the newsroom at 882-5720.

  • I am an education reporter for spring 2019, studying magazine journalism. Reach me at sadielea@mail.missouri.edu, or in the newsroom at 882-5700.

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