Tuesday, February 28, 2017

12-inch water break in Hoboken, New Jersey creates hell on earth, swallowing cars and flooding properties


Dray Clark has more from Hoboken, N.J. on the water main break

HOBOKEN, New Jersey (WABC) -- Crews are working to repair a large water main break that flooded a section of Hoboken, New Jersey, Tuesday.

The break happened on a 12-inch main sometime before 4 a.m. at the intersection of 5th Street and Willow Avenue, swallowing cars and washing out several blocks.

5th Street remains shut down from Park Avenue to Clinton Street, and Willow Avenue and Clinton Street are closed between 6th Street and 4th Street.

Suez Water worked to isolate the broken main, which was removed around noontime, and service has been restored to customers in the affected area.

The break happened under a parked vehicle, and as the hole grew bigger, the car became completely submerged.

Other cars were moved out of danger.

"When I looked out the window, there was a lake here," said Father Alexander Santour, pastor of Our Lady of Grace Church, who believes main breaks happen so frequently in Hoboken because the city is neglecting to address the aging underground infrastructure. "We have a mayor who's more worried about bike lanes than she is about all these issues, and they're supposed to have more pumps in town. They don't have all those pumps. I really think it's dereliction on the part of the administration."

NJ Transit buses are detouring along Washington Street as a result of the street closures.

Hoboken officials stressed a boil water advisory is not in effect, but pressure may be lower than normal as repairs continue.

"It's a meticulous process that takes time," Suez Water's Treva Spencer said "We want to make sure were getting everything that needs to be repaired or replaced."

There is no indication or timetable on how long it will take to get things patched up and back to normal.