Michael Calhoun

LEMAY (KMOX) – From the air, the flowing rapids looked like a levee break.

Nine homes were in the path of gushing water from a Missouri-American Water main break on Mount Olive Road in Lemay. It burst before five o’clock on Thursday afternoon.

Farmir Jao was at work and got a frantic phone call from his kids, with screaming in the background, as they explained to him that the downstairs windows had turned into waterfalls.


“I’m not worried about the house. I’m worried about the kids, the four kids, who were playing in the basement,” he said, relieved.

Next door, Jim McNamee couldn’t go more than a couple of steps into the basement without getting wet.

“It’s so sad. I was born and raised in this home, and I know all the photos and the photo albums that my late father put so much work into are gone,” McNamee said.

He said the pressure from the water was so strong, it blew out the basement door and bent the frame.

It took the company an hour and a half to stop the flow of water. A spokeswoman said it was because crews were on the other side of town and were stuck in rush-hour traffic.

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