Water main break doesn't tap out Martin City Brewing Co. - KCTV5

Water main break doesn't tap out Martin City Brewing Co.

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A water main break sent thousands of gallons of water over the roof of the Martin City Brewing Company eventually broke a window and flooded the brewery. A water main break sent thousands of gallons of water over the roof of the Martin City Brewing Company eventually broke a window and flooded the brewery.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A water main break sent thousands of gallons of water over the roof of the Martin City Brewing Company, eventually broke a window and flooded the brewery.

But don't worry, the beer is OK.

"When the water was hitting the building, we knew it was just a matter of time, so we moved the grains and the bottles to the other side of the building," assistant brewer Grant Bergmann said.

Bergmann spent hours with a squeegee Tuesday night.

"It happened instantly. It was extremely loud. The water was shooting gravel at the building, at the windows, raining down on the parking lot in back," Bergmann said.

The pipe broke just before 5 p.m.

"It shattered through the garage door windows. It put water all over this place. The restaurant was filled with water. We spent most of the night cleaning up. It shut us down last night, but we're up and running again today," owner Matt Moore said.

Moore said it only took about a half hour for the Kansas City Water Services Department to shut down the geyser. He wonders if the construction going on had anything to do with the break.

"It is funny. I asked them yesterday when we were brewing, 'what is the reassurance that a water main wouldn't be hit?' They said, 'we are only going 6 inches below grade,' so, I have all the reassurance. They didn't hit it, but I just think the massive equipment kind of disrupted the lines," Moore said.

The Water Services Department said they don't have a specific cause for the break, but the pipes have been there since the 1970s. It could have been the pipes' age, the changing temperatures or the construction.

Now, Moore is drying out and figuring out how much it is going to cost to fix and who'll pay for it. But he says overall, he is happy with the city's handling of the break.

"I think they did as much as they could, as quick as they could," he said.

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