More on the East Broadway Water Main Break (Updated 9:42 a.m.)
Right now police are clearing cars on both sides of Clinton Street (just above East Broadway). Crews from the city’s Department of Environmental Protection will be repairing a 12 inch water main that burst overnight. The Office of Emergency Management reports flooding at Gouverneur Healthcare Services on Madison Street. About six inches of water settled in the basement. Con Edison has a crew on the scene to determine the impact, if any. on the medical facility’s utilities. While residential water service appears uninterrupted, several businesses in a retail strip on Clinton Street, including the Fine Fair supermarket, have no water. We understand the New York City Housing Authority sent a crew over to the Rutgers Houses; no problems reported there. As noted in our previous post, East Broadway is closed between Montgomery and Jefferson streets — and Clinton Street is closed between Grand and Madison streets. There are reports that the pipe was ruptured by a Department of sanitation snow plow. We’re working on confirming that.
UPDATE 9:42 a.m. A spokesperson from the Department of Environmental Protection said crews are working to find the source of the break. Eleven businesses in the area are without water service this morning. We asked about reports that a snow plow might have been responsible for the break. The spokesperson said she did not have any information as of yet about that. The water main, incidentally, dates to 1961.