NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A water main break created a big mess Thursday on the Upper East Side.
Cellphone video captured the water gurgling up and flowing down Third Avenue, past parked bicycles and outdoor dining structures. The pavement buckled around 7:30 a.m. between East 79th and East 80th streets.READ MORE: Major Airlines Warn Of 'Catastrophic Disruption' To Travel, Shipping From 5G Debut Set For Wednesday By Verizon And AT&T
“When I arrived, I said, ‘What is going on?’ And I see the water coming from the floor,” restaurant worker Nicodemus Pedraza told CBS2’s Andrea Grymes.
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Pedraza said he saw the commotion outside when he got to work at Tiramisu Restaurant, one of several buildings without water.READ MORE: 2 Dead After SUV Found In Partially Frozen Pond In Piscataway, N.J.
The city Department of Environmental Protections is investigating exactly what happened, and Con Edison is also on the scene checking to see if any of its underground equipment is affected.
Crews are expected to be on the scene for several hours, so drivers should avoid the area on Third Avenue between 79th and 81st streets.MORE NEWS: As NYC, Teachers Union Discuss Remote Option, Mayor Adams Reiterates 'Our Schools Are Going To Remain Open'
Last month, a contractor damaged another water main in the neighborhood, sending a geyser of water shooting 20 feet into the air.