UPDATED 01/24/15 12:35 a.m.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A water main break left streets and sidewalks flooded, and cut off water service to some buildings, in Hell’s Kitchen late Friday.

The water main burst around 10:15 p.m. at Eleventh Avenue and 48th Street, officials told CBS2.

“It’s like a lake out here – water just flowing down the street coming up out of the manholes and the sewers,” City Councilman Corey Johnson (D-3rd) told 1010 WINS.

Water was cut off for several buildings and businesses Friday night, officials said.

The FDNY initially responded to the Ink48 Hotel, at 653 Eleventh Ave., for a report of water in the basement at the location. Johnson reported the hotel was left with about a foot of water in the basement.

The Office of Emergency Management told 1010 WINS that they also responded along with police, fire, Department of Environmental Protection crews in an effort to find and repair the break.

“There is a ton of water, it is just – it’s like a geyser coming up out of the sewers,” Johnson continued. “The streets look like they are overflowing rivers.”

Johnson told CBS2 that many buildings along the westerly edge of Manhattan from the West 20s to the West 50s was without water. The area is largely commercial.

OEM crews were trying to determine exactly what happened early Saturday.


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