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Broken Water Pipe Floods Gas Main, Wreaks Havoc In Newark

A Newark Police Department cruiser. (Credit Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

A Newark Police Department cruiser. (Credit Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A busted water service pipe flooded a gas main in Newark Thursday afternoon, forcing the city to cut off water service to some South Ward residents.

The city was working Thursday evening to repair the burst water service pipe at 331 Keer Ave., which flooded a gas main owned by Public Service Electric & Gas. The flood caused a loss of gas pressure between Leslie and Wainwright streets in the South Ward, prompting traffic delays, the city said.

Water service also had to be shut down in the area to repair the gas main.

“Our Division of Water and Sewer Utilities team and PSE&G are both working around the clock to repair this damaged gas main and water pipe so that we can restore water and gas services as soon as possible. For our families who are being impacted by this incident, we ask them to be patient,” Newark Mayor Luis Quintana said in a news release. “If you smell gas, please shut off your pipes and contact PSE&G at (800) 436-7734.”

The water service leak was reported to the city Department of Water and Sewer Utilities Thursday afternoon. The broken water pipe served the multi-unit apartment building at 331 Keer Ave., and has affected other gas mains, the city said.

City health officials advised residents that the water was safe to drink and use.

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