A damaged water essential gushes water into the streets of Boerum Hill in Brooklyn
BOERUM HILL, Brooklyn (WABC) – A drill bit punctured a 72-inch aqueduct in Brooklyn, flooding streets and disrupting operations on Wednesday afternoon.
The major break at noon splashed water all over 4th Avenue and Warren Street in the Boerum Hill section.
The crews worked for hours trying to stop it and even tried to get into a permanently closed pizzeria in hopes of getting to the spring below.
Five addresses are affected, the buildings have been evacuated.
Some business owners said they were dealing with flooded basements, with about 2 to 4 inches of water. You have no power either.
“I feel very bad, I want to cry,” said client Razzaq Chaudry. “My basement, every place has full water. I have damaged many materials. I have full water in my basement. No electricity, no hot water, no gas in my building.”
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No injuries were reported
As a result, 4th Avenue between Warren Street and St. Mark’s Place is partially closed and some residents may see little or take pressure off.
Newscopter 7 was there to assess the situation and the damage. The B103 bus, which runs along 4th Avenue, has been diverted.
The Department of Environmental Protection is on site and said the initial investigation revealed that the contractor who operates the drill rig that hit the main line was hired by a private company.
There is currently no boiling warning for the area, but water supplies may be disrupted while repairs continue.
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Some may also see discolored tap water. While it is not harmful, it should not be consumed.
The crews are working to flush the discolored water out of the system.
Anyone suffering from discolored water is advised to fill out a 311 form.
The DEP says water is plugged into the 72-inch aqueduct, but everyone still has water supplies with redundant lines serving the area.
The type of repair required and how long it will take will be determined once the engineers can assess the damage.
Road closures in the area are to be expected for several days.
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