Yonkers Water Main Break Affects 50K Customers, Causes Traffic Problems

Some residents have low water pressure, others have no water

By Katherine Creag
|  Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012  |  Updated 10:09 AM EDT
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A massive water main break is causing some serious headaches for Yonkers residents. The city says it could be awhile before they see their service restored. Ida Siegal reports.

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A massive water main break is causing some serious headaches for Yonkers residents. The city says it could be awhile before they see their service restored. Ida Siegal reports.

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A water main break in southwest Yonkers continues to affect service to some 50,000 residents and traffic on the Saw Mill River Parkway.     

Mayor Mike Spano says the break Monday was caused by a private contractor installing fiber optic cables.

Some residents have low water pressure, others have no water. Spano said crews worked through the night to repair the main, and he hoped repairs would be completed and water service restored by late Tuesday afternoon.   

In the meantime, residents and businesses are advised to boil water before drinking or using to prepare food.

The city is also giving away water at five distribution locations Tuesday: School 13, 195 McLean Ave.; Broadway and McLean Ave.; Police Precinct 3, 435 Riverdale Avenue; Riverdale Avenue and Prospect Avenue; and Oak Street Fire Station, 81 Oak Street. Residents must bring containers.

Spano said the broken main is about 80 to 120 years old. There's nothing unusual about the necessary repairs, he said, but rain throughout the morning has hampered progress a bit.

The outage caused traffic disruptions on the Saw Mill parkway southbound from Rumsey Road and the Cross Country Parkway west of New York State Thruway.     

Residents can call 914-377-4357 for more information.

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