Busted pipe floods Manhattan streets and subway

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(NY DAILY NEWS) – A broken pipe flooded an Upper West Side street and dumped several feet of water into the subway below on Friday.

The leak — which city officials said was either a broken water main or a busted privately owned pipe — sent a deluge onto Central Park West between 81st and 82nd Sts. beginning around 9 a.m.

The water then trickled onto the subway tracks beneath the street, causing extensive delays on the A, C and D lines, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said.

The MTA’s water pumps couldn’t keep up with the flood. Roughly three feet of water was left standing on the tracks near the 81st St.-Museum of Natural History station by the time crews from the city Department of Environmental Protection stopped the leak.

FDNY fire fighters enter the 81st St. B/C subway station due to a water main break on Central Park West and 81st St. on Friday in Manhattan.
FDNY fire fighters enter the 81st St. B/C subway station due to a water main break on Central Park West and 81st St. on Friday in Manhattan. (Barry Williams/for New York Daily News)

Frank Jezycki, head of subways for NYC Transit, said service would be halted in the area until crews finish removing water from the tracks.

“We are eternally grateful to the many New York City Transit workers who quickly arrived on scene on Christmas Day and who worked incredibly hard to address the issue,” Jezycki said.

DEP spokesman Edward Timbers said an investigation into the cause of the leak was underway, and that no residents in the area lost water service.

Water is seen flowing in the 81st St. B/C subway station from a water main break on Central Park West and 81st St. Friday, Dec. 25.
Water is seen flowing in the 81st St. B/C subway station from a water main break on Central Park West and 81st St. Friday, Dec. 25. (Barry Williams/for New York Daily News)

The Christmas day incident was the latest in a steady stream of water infrastructure issues on the Upper West Side.

A water main break Dec. 10 sent water gushing along Central Park West near 104th St., leaving dozens of residents without water service.

Another water main break last January — also on Central Park West near 104th St. — flooded the subway below. That snafu came less than a week after a water main broke along Broadway near 63rd St., which led to a parking garage flood that submerged more than 100 cars.

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