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Water Main Break In Lower Manhattan Impacts Traffic, Transit

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Crews work to fix a water main break at Murray and West Broadway streets on Thursday, April 5, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

Crews work to fix a water main break at Murray and West Broadway streets on Thursday, April 5, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A water main break in Lower Manhattan had a major impact on traffic and transit early Thursday morning.

A 12-inch water main dating back to the 1800s burst at the corner of West Broadway and Murray streets around 3 a.m. The main flooded the street and the Chambers Street subway station.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports

For several hours Thursday morning, the Metropolitan Transit Authority said there was no service on the 1, 2 and 3 trains between 14th Street and South Ferry and Atlantic Avenue as crews pumped water out of the subway station and inspected the tracks.

Photos: West Broadway Water Main Break

By about 8:30 a.m., service had resumed on the 1, 2, 3 with residual delays. Service was expected to be normal for the afternoon commute.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports

Deputy Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Jim Roberts says it also knocked out water service to buildings in the area.

“We’re assessing really the impact in terms of customers who are out of service,” Roberts told CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown. “The water is off from roughly Chambers to Murray Street on West Broadway.”

Officials say West Broadway is closed so workers can excavate to find the source of the leak.

The cause of the water main break is under investigation.

For more information on transit delays, visit www.mta.info.

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