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Third water main break in Manhattan in a month

Posted at 10:23 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 22:23:50-05

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, Manhattan — Here we go again.

The third water main break on the West Side in a month and this time the ruptured main dates back to 1912.

“I saw all these rats running down Broadway and I knew something was wrong,” Wassim Malaeb, a store owner, told PIX11 News.

Malaeb saw close to 20 rats running down Broadway just after 830 am before he realized there was a huge water main break right in front of his store, Samad Gourmet and he called 911.

The water main break sent gushes of water down broadway.

It turned out to be a 20-inch water main had ruptured around 8:30 a.m., shutting down Broadway in both directions between 110 and 112th Streets.

The water main break disrupted traffic and subway service on the 1 line for hours. Basements in at least two buildings were flooded.

The city shut off water at 10:10 a.m. and that affected several buildings including The School at Columbia University where students still had classes but no water all day.

This was the third water main break on the West Side in recent weeks. One was by Lincoln Center, the second at 101st Street and Central Park West and now this third one.

Officials from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection day several black of Broadway on the southbound side will be closed through the weekend