Water main break floods Brooklyn streets, blocks traffic

Brooklyn water main break

Streets blocked in Boerum Hill following water main break June 2, 2021 (Citizen App)

BOERUM HILL, Brooklyn — A water main break in Brooklyn flooded streets and blocked traffic Wednesday morning.

It happened along Fourth Avenue between Bergen Street and St. Marks Place in Boerum Hill.

Video from Citizen App showed emergency crews at the scene as water flowed out onto the streets. 

Fourth Avenue between St. Marks Place to Bergen Street appeared to be blocked off by NYPD and FDNY vehicles as crews work to stop the water main break, video showed.

PIX11 News reached out to the NYC Office of Emergency Management for comment. The Office of Environmental protection later provided additional details about the incident.

Following an initial investigation, officials said they believe a contractor operating a drill rig hit a 72” diameter water main running beneath Fourth Avenue.

The contractor worked for a private firm; responsible parties will be billed.

Due to the size of the main, it was shut off slowly; by Wednesday evening, water was off to the main and repairs were under way. All customers had service and much of the area had reopened to traffic.

Officials said any discolored water coming from taps isn’t harmful, but customers should still avoid consuming it while crews work to flush the system.

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