Still No Gas After Bronx Water Main Break

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    A water main break in the Mount Hope section of the Bronx caused major flooding Wednesday. Here is raw video from the scene. (Published Wednesday, July 27, 2011)

    Many residents in the Bronx neighborhood where a water main burst still do not have working gas, and authorities say it could be days before it is fully restored.

    The 108-year-old water main ruptured Wednesday morning and gushed for more than three hours before it was shut off, flooding homes and businesses. Two nearby gas mains were also broken.

    Bronx Water Main Break [Raw]

    [NY] Massive Water Main Break in the Bronx [Raw]
    A massive water main break in the Mount Hope section of the Bronx has shut down parts of Jerome Avenue Wednesday morning. (Published Wednesday, July 27, 2011)

    Con Ed crews say gas may not be fully restored until Sunday afternoon.

    Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway said officials do not know what caused the 36-inch cast iron water main to rupture. He described it as a "trunk main," a major piece of infrastructure in the area that dates to 1903.

    "We're going to be doing a thorough investigation into how this break was caused," Holloway said.

    Business owner Carlos Pagan, who owns the Altagracia grocery store in the area, was still pumping three feet of water from the basement Wednesday night, and estimated $15,000 to $20,000 worth of damage done to his business.

    He said he was hoping to recover the money from the city, and has already gotten a damage claim form.