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Main break sends water shooting feet into the air

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Neighbors in a south Kansas City neighborhood are drying out after a late afternoon water main break.

Chopper 5 flew over the scene as water spewed nearly 100 feet into the air near 127th Street and Wornall Road.

The hole that's left in the ground by the powerful water main break was large. It took many neighbors by surprise even though it's an area that's no stranger to water main breaks. Nearby black top shows a previous patch from one that had happened before, but neighbors say what happened Friday was unlike anything they've ever seen.

The large break happened right in front of Caity Hewitt's house.

"First it was only like a foot off the ground and then it went to like two, three feet and then it shot to like 100 feet," Hewitt said.

For two and a half hours a steady stream of water continued unabated before crews arrived and shut it off.

"I've never seen anything like this and I've seen tons (of breaks) off of Holmes, but nothing like this," Hewitt said.

Ross Worley's home was near the path of the spray, forcing him to move his Corvette and his truck. He's counting his blessings.

"It could have been a lot worse. It could have got into the power lines and it could have got directly at the house," he said.

This isn't the first time the area had a water main break. Worley said in the 20 years he's been in the area there have been multiple breaks. Neighbors are hoping for a different course of action from the city.

"I'd like them to stop trying to patch it and then actually fix it instead," Hewitt said.

The city said it doesn't know how Friday's water main break happened or how many neighbors were affected. They expected to have repairs completed by Saturday morning.

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