A 12-inch water main break in Nesconset, Long Island flooded a street and left nearby homes and businesses without water Tuesday.
The 50-year-old main broke on Brooks Avenue, leaving a 10 foot by 10 foot hole in the street. About 17 homes were left without water during the day.
It's not clear why the pipe ruptured but Suffolk County Water Authority spokesman Tim Motz says the network of water pipes is "aging."
"We're replacing as fast as we can," he said, noting the water authority is in the midst of a $14 million project to replace the old pipes.
Smithtown Acting Highway Superintendent Robert Murphy said an engineer will check out the road to make sure it's structurally safe after all the flooding.
Neighbor Vito Dagnello said his family garage was flooded with over three feet of water. Among the items damaged was family furniture dating back to the 1920s.