Water main breaks on 103rd Street
Update 12:15 p.m.: DEP spokesperson Chris Gilbride said around 125 customers were affected by the water shutdown. After working through the night, crews found the break around 6:30 a.m.
Water and power has since been restored to the block.
Gilbride said that water main breaks usually occur because of three factors: the age of the pipes, the temperature, and pressure changes. The pipe that broke last night was installed in 1966.
“The last four weeks, it’s warmed up, now we’re in a deep freeze again,” he said, adding that such temperature fluctuations cause the metal pipes to expand and contract.
Update 1:15 a.m.: District 6 councilmember Helen Rosenthal tweeted that power is back on for the residents of 308 W. 103rd Street:
— Helen Rosenthal (@HelenRosenthal) January 26, 2014
12:23 a.m.: A water main broke on 103rd Street between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive earlier tonight, spewing water onto the frozen streets and cutting off power and water to nearby buildings. An FDNY spokesperson said they were on the scene at 10:03 p.m. and left “immedietely” after turning off the water.
City Department of Environmental Protection crews are currently on scene working to repair a massive gash in the asphalt caused by the break. Rocks thrown by the explosion went as far as the sidewalk.
As of 11:30 p.m., power was visibly turned off on 308 W. 103rd Street. But at 11:52 p.m., District 7 Council member Mark Levine tweeted:
Twitter user Claire Bertin-Lang tweeted:
— Claire Bertin-Lang (@CBLLC) January 26, 2014
Local resident Sean Geoghan tweeted this photo of the water flow:
We’ve reached out to the Department of Environmental Protection and the Office of Emergency Management for more details. In the meantime, news editor Samantha Cooney and deputy Elizabeth Sedran bring us more photos:
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