There Was a Major Water Main Break on South Street Yesterday

Posted on: January 10th, 2018 at 5:02 am by

Yesterday afternoon, a water main broke beneath the pavement of South Street, right at the intersection of Rutgers Slip. The flooding was the second such water main bust in the vicinity within the last few days, behind Sunday’s incident at Madison and Clinton.

The scene of the flood yesterday was eerily reminiscent of the days following Hurricane Sandy, when the storm surge pushed further up Rutgers Street. The waters receded by nightfall, though, at which point the city began digging.

It’s unclear what caused the water main break, but it could be related to the drastic fluctuation in weather the last couple weeks. Tenants at 82 Rutgers and 80 Rutgers (senior building) were temporarily without water until this morning. This is nothing new for Two Bridges, which has seen several breaks in the last few years, most recently, last month.

Pike and South Streets after Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 2012

“Our residents have endured multiple water breaks that have occurred on South Street, Pike, Rutgers and Cherry, each of them resulting in either flooding or disruption in water service,” 82 Rutgers tenant leader Trever Holland told us in an email. “We just had a similar issue last month where the water was shut off without notice due to repair. I know the city at one time was looking at replacing/moving the water main along South Street. That needs to be revisited especially considering the lack of updated infrastructure in this area.”

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