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May 27th, 2008


by Joelle Panisch

A water main break once again took hold of a New York City neighborhood, this time at West 4th and West 10th Streets late Saturday night, around 11pm.

According to a bulletin sent out by Speaker Quinn’s office, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was at the site immediately, followed quickly thereafter by by the Dept. of Buildings, the Dept. of Environmental Protection, the FDNY, the Dept. of Transportation, the NYPD’s 6th Precinct, and Con Edison.

Basements flooded, raising structural concerns and resulting in the evacuation of 11 of the downtown buildings. An estimated 120 resident were displaced and the Red Cross joined the scene to help situate people who needed housing. After taking the emergency measures the FDNY pumped the water from the basements, and the DOB and Con Ed confirmed that all the structures were secure and that there were no stray voltage concerns.

On Sunday, residents were allowed back in their buildings and repairs began on the water main. Water was out for residents on W. 10th street between 7th Ave and Hudson Street for most of the day and boiler issues in a number of buildings will require professional care, perhaps resulting in ongoing issues.

Restaurants were required to remain closed while the water was out and the Dept. of Health surveyed the damage. The estimated losses for these businesses is still unclear but Small Business Services was on the scene to assist those affected.

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