Major Water Main Break in Downtown Des Moines

Flooded street from water main break at 10th and Locust. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A break in a 126-year-old water main in downtown Des Moines is causing problems for businesses and commuters.

Des Moines Water Works says the break happened at 10th and Locust and was discovered around 8:30 a.m. Monday. A 12-inch cast iron pipe, which was first installed in 1891, failed.

Spokesperson Laura Sarcone says the issue is “pretty big” and water to the area had to be shut down to make repairs. Some businesses and buildings, like the Des Moines Central Public Library, are closed because of the water main break.

Repair crews are on the scene.

Barricades are up in the area and traffic is being re-routed. Water Works says 10th St. between Walnut and Locust could be closed for up to three days.