NJ homes without water on Thanksgiving after main breaks in Florham Park

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FORHAM PARK, N.J. — Cold weather caused a water main to break in Florham Park at a very inopportune time — Thanksgiving morning.

Several residents woke up to discover their homes had no water after a water main broke on East Madison Avenue around 3 a.m. on the holiday, according to Carl Ganger Jr., Florham Park's director of community service.

Despite the unpleasant start to the day, water was turned back on much earlier than Ganger's initial 11 a.m. or noon estimate.

The break was "relatively shallow," and water was restored by 7:50 a.m., Ganger said.

If water is discolored, residents should run the discolored water for 5-10 minutes, Ganger said. If it does not clear up, people should call police headquarter's business line.

Earlier, the break also prompted East Madison Avenue to close between Insley Road and Annabelle Lane.

A combination of old pipes and cold weather caused the main to break, according to Ganger. The incident first caused water to shoot from the break, but the water was turned off by daybreak.

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