Burst water main floods NYC subway, streets (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
The cause of the broken water main is unclear at this point, but the fire department said it's possible that a Con Edison utility crew accidentally struck the water pipe. The incident resulted in a downpour of water at the 14th Street station, where the 1, 2 and 3 trains stop.
Videos posted online show one subway car stuck on the rails as water cascades down its sides, with people still sitting inside. The fire department told DNAinfo that there have been no reports of people still inside the station, though some 500 people had to be evacuated.
Another video shows so much water falling onto the tracks that a pool is formed almost as high as the subway platform.
A video posted by Jennifer Bostic (@jennybostic) on Apr 8, 2015 at 4:16pm PDT
According to amNewYork, power has been cut to the train tracks and service has been diverted. The trains are still running, but with significant delays, and none are stopping at 14th Street.
— NYCT Subway Service (@NYCTSubway) April 9, 2015
Meanwhile, the flood of water ended up above ground on the streets as well. Some roads have been shut down, NBC 4 stated.
Manhattan: 7 Ave & 13 St Large water main break shuts down 14th Train Station. Heavy delays in area. pic.twitter.com/A4U7HfSldo
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) April 8, 2015
Water main broke at 7th Ave and 13th - the subway is flooding avoid the 1 and the 9 pic.twitter.com/YAYsscajwU
— John Powers (@JohnPowersUS) April 8, 2015