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Dozens Without Water After Main Breaks In Jersey City

20-Inch Main Burst Near The Journal Square PATH Station

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Dozens of customers were without water Monday after an early morning water main break in Jersey City.

About 60 families lost water after the 20-inch main broke around 12:30 a.m. at the corner of Sip and Bergen Avenues near the Journal Square PATH station.

“Not a single drop,” resident Dinesh Pandya said.

“No water in the house, everything dirty,” said resident Maria Aroche.

Crews with United Water spent hours pumping water and digging underground to find the broken pipe.

“Somewhat challenging but not unusual. We have several utility lines in the ground we need to work around. It’s going to take more time to get that done,” Steve Goudsmith with United Water said. “We are working as quickly as possible.”

Authorities closed Sip Avenue between Bergen and Summit Avenues, making it difficult for morning commuters heading to the PATH station and the nearby bus terminal.

“The big thing is for people to know is it’s going to be significant delays,” said Director of Emergency Management Greg Kierce.

“Instead of being dropped off inside, we’re being dropped off at the corner,” said NJ TRANSIT bus passenger Janki Shah.

Crews are expected to be on the scene well into the evening. After they replace the damaged pipe, they’ll start working on the road and hope to finish in time for the morning rush on Tuesday.

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