(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 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.
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.
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.