Water Main Break Forces Several Des Moines Businesses to Shut Down

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Several businesses in Des Moines shut down on Tuesday due to a water main break.

The break happened around 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Southeast First Street and Jackson Street.

Authorities said the 12-inch cast iron pipe that broke was installed in 1938 and likely corroded due to age, but they aren’t certain at this point. The break was significant and a section of the pipe will need to be replaced.

Des Moines Water Works said services should be restored for businesses by the end of the night on Tuesday.

However, work on the road could run through the rest of the week.

There are about 300 similar water main breaks every year.