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Big Sinkhole Opens Up on Madison Street (Updated)

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Local resident Daisy Paez just sent in these photos from Madison Street, between Rutgers and Jefferson streets, where a large sinkhole has opened in the roadway. Emergency workers and Con Ed crews are on the scene.

The sinkhole was caused by a water main break. M22 bus service has been detoured due to the emergency situation.


UPDATE 2:23 p.m. Here’s an update from the office of City Council member Margaret Chin:

Con Edison is in the process of digging pits as a precaution to stop gas flow in the proximity of the water main break. This will take several hours to complete.

DEP Emergency crews are on scene and are ready to begin excavation as soon as Con Edison’s precautionary work is completed. A private contractor will be notified regarding long term  repairs. DEP continues to conduct further evaluations to determine the extent of the damage to the main and to determine if there are any breaks in the sewer line.

The following addresses on Madison Street are without water service:

  • 203 Madison Street (Four-story mixed occupancy building)
  • 207 Madison Street (Six-story mixed occupancy building)
  • 209 Madison Street ( Three-story mixed occupancy building)
  • 211 Madison Street ( Five-story mixed occupancy building)
  • 213 Madison Street (One-story commercial building)
  • 215 Madison Street (Five-story mixed occupancy building)
  • 217 Madison Street (Five-story mixed occupancy building)
  • 219 Madison Street (Five-story mixed occupancy building)

According to the Council member’s office the La Guardia Houses are not impacted. 

UPDATE 7:40 p.m. We’re told by Council member chin’s office that water service has been temporarily restored. The water main is cracked but intact. The site will be protected and covered until permanent repairs can be made. 




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