Thousands of gallons of water pour onto streets after pipe break - KCTV5 News

Thousands of gallons of water pour onto streets after pipe breaks near Walnut Tower Apartments

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A water line break sent thousands of gallons of water rushing into a downtown apartment parking garage and onto city streets.

The pipe broke near the Walnut Tower Apartments near 8th and Walnut.

Firefighters called for a salt truck to try and treat the roads. Firefighters received a call for help around 7:25 p.m. on Wednesday.

A KC Water Services inspector is investigating to try and determine what caused the break.

People who live in the apartment complex say they are concerned because the water was flowing into the parking garage where they park their vehicles for about an hour. 

The water line break temporarily delayed the KC Streetcar because the water was flowing toward the tracks.

"I was sitting on my couch in the apartment and over the intercom, I heard someone say something about evacuate," said Brandon Stroder, who lives in the Walnut Tower Apartments. "They want us to evacuate. So I tried to put on warm clothes as fast as possible and head down to the lobby." 

Renters tell KCTV5 they were asked to leave their apartments but were quickly allowed to go back inside.

If you travel through downtown you'll want to take it slow near 8th and Walnut and 8th and Main because there is ice accumulating on the road.

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