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Water restored to Brooklyn neighborhood after massive water main break; crews continue repairs

Posted at 8:00 AM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 17:31:05-05

SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn — Service was restored to a Brooklyn neighborhood late Monday morning after some residents were stranded without running water for nearly 24 hours due to a massive water main break Sunday.

Geysers of water pumped thousands of gallons of water onto the streets of Sunset Park when the water main break raged for over six hours Sunday morning, originating at 44th Street and Fifth Avenue.

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said the water had been shut off and the leak was stopped just before noon Sunday, with remaining water draining into the catch basins.

Crews had to shut down three water mains to stop the water flow, then worked through the night to repair the road.

The DEP said around 10:30 a.m. Monday that water service had been restored to all homes and businesses in the southern Brooklyn neighborhood.

The positive update comes after some Sunset Park locals were still without water early Monday morning, telling PIX11's Kirstin Cole they couldn't shower, flush their toilets or get tap water for drinking and cooking.

The DEP tweeted out Sunday evening that residents in the area could see discolored water from the tap as water service is turned back on.