NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A water main break near Herald Square caused a flood of problems in the area Tuesday.
The break happened at around 8:15 a.m. at 1270 Broadway near 33rd Street and caused a large amount of water to flow into the basement there, said FDNY Battalion Chief Gene Rice.
Con Ed, who was the first to arrive at the scene, said the water main break has also affected their steam manhole at the location, knocking out steam to several customers in the area.
“Con Ed steam, they were the first to arrive, they were very concerned about the high pressure steam manhole. The water could actually affect the steam lines, you could have a major steam leak. So they went about shutting down the steam to that manhole, to that line. DEP got here, they went about shutting down the water,” said Rice.
The FDNY shut down the block out of concern that if a steam manhole ruptured, pedestrians could get injured.