Water main break in Greenwich Village disrupts commute along 5th Avenue

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GREENWICH VILLAGE, Manhattan (PIX11) — A water main break disrupted traffic and wreaked havoc on Greenwich Village streets Wednesday morning as water poured into the streets for hours.

The building manager at the Butterfield House on West 12th Street couldn’t believe what he saw in the aftermath of a the break that shut down 5th Ave. in Greenwich Village during the morning rush.

Bill Bissell didn’t think the water would make its way into his building, and said the water completely flooded his basement. “The entire basement and garage is totally full [of water],” Bissell said. He added that all the cars, including his own, are ruined.

The FDNY said the break happened around 12:17 a.m. on Wednesday. The water gushed for several hours before crews could locate the break and shut down the water.

The main broke on 13th Street and Fifth Avenue. Department of Environmental Protection officials said the main was from around 1877.

Overnight, the water was shut down to buildings. Some residents said their phones were cut off. DEP said the cast iron 36 inch mane might have broken  because of age, and said the recent temperature fluctuations may have also contributed.

Commuters couldn’t drive down Fifth Avenue where the break occurred. Buses couldn’t travel, and the water made a mess of the rails.

Residents leaving for work said  something needed to be done so this didn’t happen again.

The gushing water may be a thing of the past, but the mess might be something these residents have to live with for a while longer.