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Water main break floods Upper West Side streets

Posted at 10:01 AM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 13:47:30-05

UPPER WEST SIDE — A water main break flooded streets on the Upper West Side Thursday morning.

Authorities responded to the break along Broadway and West 99th Street after 9 a.m.

As New York City is hit with frigid, cold temperatures, crews scramble to repair the water main break before water turns into ice.

NYC Councilman Mark D. Levine who represents the affected area said on Twitter just before 1:30 p.m. that the broken water main has been shut down and water is being pumped out of the area.

Levine also reports the following addresses are temporarily without water service: 2602 through 2636 Broadway, and 200, 206, 216, 225, 230 and 233 West 99th Street.

The Department of Sanitation is on scene, spreading salt out to minimize icing.

Northbound traffic on Broadway between West 98th and 100th streets remain closed. NYCT bus service is currently  detouring at West 96th street, to go around the affected area.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible and expect heavy traffic.

About 200 household units and 20 businesses are without water, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.