Water Main Break Disrupts Several Subway Lines

Friday, August 12, 2011

A water main break in Harlem is causing major disruptions on several subway lines Friday, including the  No. 2, A, C, E, F, B, D, M, N, Q, and R lines.

The flooding has disrupted service in upper Manhattan; there is no D train between 145th Street and 167th Street, and A and C trains are running on the local track above 145th Street. Service will remain curtailed until the MTA can drain the tracks and inspect the signals.

The M3 bus has also been detoured from Saint Nicholas Avenue to Amsterdam Avenue.

A 12-inch, 55-year old water main broke at 152nd Street and St. Nicholas Ave., around 1:00 p.m., gushing water for about an hour, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

The DEP has shutdown the water and about 100 families are without water. Con Ed is also on the scene, tapping the gas line. The DEP is waiting for Con Ed to finish so it can repair the broken water main.

There is no estimated completion time.

Con Ed confirmed there were reports of a gas smell before the water main break, but said there there was no gas explosion. Many families are expected to not have gas for days, according to a Con Ed spokesperson.

Reporting by Alex Goldmark


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