Water Leak at Penn Plaza Causes Traffic Delays

The source of the leak wasn't immediately known

By Brynn Gingras
|  Thursday, Aug 23, 2012  |  Updated 7:09 AM EDT
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A water leak that dumped a foot of water in the basement at Penn Plaza is causing traffic delays for some midtown motorists.

Fire authorities received a call just before midnight reporting a leak that left about a foot of standing water in the basement of Penn Plaza, officials said.

Authorities shut down eastbound lanes of West 34th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues to manage the leak. One westbound lane is open.

Subways and trains are not affected by the leak, but motorists are advised to expect traffic delays and emergency personnel in the area.

The source of the leak wasn't immediately known. Firefighters used hydraulic pumps to remove the water from the basement and pour it onto the street.

Consolidated Edison authorities turned off any steam systems that may have been jeopardized by the flood. Workers are expected to remain at the scene until Department of Environmental Protection officials have completed their investigation.

No injuries were reported and no buildings were evacuated.

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