Water Main Break Floods Bowery and Delancey

Posted on: February 14th, 2012 at 9:34 am by

Shortly before 7 am this morning, a water main ruptured near the intersection of Bowery and Delancey, completely flooding the area.  Emergency workers (Con Edison) responded immediately, and reportedly had the situation under control.

DNAinfo spoke to Carter Strickland, Commissioner of the Department for Environmental Protection, who said the main was 106 years old.  The cause of the breakage is not yet clear.

[Photos via KT]

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  • Anonymous

    Situation under control??  Sad to say it took over 3 hours for the DEP to determine where the turn off valve is located!.  And this with all their sophisticated devices – computer set-up on site, etc. Meanwhile – during the frantic search many areas of The Bowery were unnecessarily dug up! 
    I watched as this unfolded.  Inept and Pathetic!  Doesn’t there exist a map of the underground infrastructure??  AND YET,  despite our aging infrastructure (including reservoirs),  the Department of City Planning allows more and more outsize hotels to be built on The Bowery.  With this administration’s  seeming objective of erasing the historical roots of our city— what will it take to have the development insanity stopped !?!   
    And this situation is the results of a relatively minor disaster.  JUST IMAGINE……………….