Major Water Main Break In Morris Heights Turns Jerome Avenue Into River

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Bronx neighborhood was brought to a standstill Wednesday morning by a massive water main break in Morris Heights. Residents nearby could only watch in awe as the water rushed by — leaving some virtually marooned.

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Water erupted from the ground of a 108-year-old, 36-inch water main at Jerome Avenue near the intersection of 177th Street, flooding the Avenue as far as 174th Street. The surging water rose up to the doors of several parked cars and buckled some roads.

The running water was finally shut off by the Department of Environmental Protection about three hours after the break.  Several gas lines were ruptured as a result of the gushing water.  However, water service was not disrupted. The break happened just before 6:30 a.m.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports: Jerome Avenue Turns Into Rushing River

As of 5 p.m., CBS 2’s Mark Morgan reported that workers were still feverishly trying to fix a huge hole in the pavement on Jerome Avenue.

The flooding earlier forced the closure of two subway stations.  There are still some subway and bus services changes as a result of the water main break.  For the latest information, go to

Busines owner Wilfredo Estevez said he warned DEP officials for weeks about flooding problems at the site of the break.

“We have a basement there that is 8 feet deep and 25 by 25 and constantly it’s like a swimming pool there. We’ve replaced the electrical service in that building twice already,” Estevez said.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane From The Scene Of The Break

Water Main Break on East 176th Street - Bronx, NY - Jul 27, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

Water Main Break on East 176th Street - Bronx, NY - Jul 27, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

DEP officials say they are still seeking the cause of the break.

“I assure you we’re going to be doing a thorough investigation into how this break was caused, and take the steps necessary to fix it,” DEP Commissioner Cas Holloway said.

There are currently no boil water alerts, or water pressure problems caused by the break.

How has the water main break affected you? Sound off in our comments section below…

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One Comment

  1. flea says:

    Looks like Venice…”gondola ride anyone?”

  2. Joe Web says:

    It took three hours to shut the leaking water. No people in this section of the Bronx have no water at all. How long before the water is turned back on. The city has not mentioned this at all!

  3. Jenny Crusho says:

    These old water mains built over 100 years ago…..old infrastructure that should have been upgraded long ago. Where are your tax dollars going?…if not to keep things in good condition. This is happening all over the country with roads, water lines, gas llines, etc. We pay mega taxes…who has the money?

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