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US Water main break floods area near NYC’s Central Park, disrupts subway service

19:10  19 january  2020
19:10  19 january  2020 Source:   nydailynews.com

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A water main break on the Upper West Side flooded streets and shut down trains Sunday morning.

  Water main break floods area near NYC’s Central Park, disrupts subway service © Provided by New York Daily News

The break happened around 7:30 a.m. near 103rd St. and Central Park West, spilling water onto the streets and delaying A, C and D trains, according to officials.

“I don’t care about a water main break, I need to get to work,” said an angry straphanger on a Manhattan-bound A train that had been stopped on the tracks. “I’m late, I just want to get to work. This happened last week too.”

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FDNY were quickly on scene trying to get the break under control and city Department of Environmental crews managed to shut the water off at around 8:30 a.m., an hour after the flooding began.

“Our main concern is the subway station underneath,” said FDNY Battalion Chief Michael McCrory. “A lot of times it has to do with the weather — these pipes are old and they tend to freeze.”

Residents said their water had been slowed down but not shut off. One resident filled his bathtub in case officials had to shut down the water completely.

“We opened up the bathtub so we have water in case we need to flush the toilet," said the tenant, who declined to give his name.

“The water in the bathtub is all brown, earth brown,” he said. “But it’s less smelly than you would think.”

DEP spokesman Edward Timbers said roughly 80 homes between 101st and 103rd Sts. on Central Park West were without water service Sunday morning.

“Priority is to get water service restored to those customers as soon as is possible,” Timbers said.

The water main break is the second to hit the Upper West Side within a week. Last Monday a major break on 62nd St. and Broadway flooded streets, damaging buildings and cars and delaying subway service.

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