Water Main Break Floods Streets, Cars and Buildings in Queens

What to Know

  • A water main break has flooded streets, buildings and cars in Corona, Queens
  • Water was up to door handles on cars in some spots
  • Hundreds of residents may be without water

A water main break flooded a stretch of roadway and nearby buildings in Queens on Thursday morning, leaving some residents without water or electricity.

Water was flowing down 60th Avenue in Corona as crews tried to control the deluge. Apartment buildings and cars were also flooded and streets were damaged and caked with mud.

The avenue was closed from 99th Street to Calloway Street because of the flooding, according to the Office of Emergency Management. 

OEM said residents called to report flooding in basements and in the street just after 12:30 a.m.

Multiple agencies responded, including the FDNY, ConEd, National Grid and Department of Environmental Protection. 

Water and electricity was shut off at some buildings, including an apartment high rise, as crews worked.

It was unclear how long it would take them to fix the broken main, although DEP Deputy Commissioner Eric Landau said he hoped water would be restored in a few hours. 

Landau said the cause of the break is unclear but that fluctuating temperatures may have been a factor. He said hundreds of people may be without water but an exact number is not yet known. 

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