Commuter Alert

L Train Back With Big Delays After Water Main Breaks Shut Down Service

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A water main break caused major delays for L train riders Wednesday morning, briefly shutting down service between Manhattan and Brooklyn as authorities worked to clear water from the tracks.

Service was suspended around 6:30 a.m. but had resumed with delays within about an hour. The MTA ran test trains through the Canarsie tunnel to ensure the tracks were safe before bringing service back.

Lingering delays were expected, though. Manhattan-bound J and Z trains were making local stops in Brooklyn through the morning rush to accommodate L train riders after the street-level main break.

Cellphone video on Citizen app showed water quickly moving down the street around where the water main is damaged.

New York City's Department of Environmental Protection told NBC New York that crews were on scene and investigating.

The water main break in Williamsburg comes just one day after another incident in Canarsie. Water flooded East 78th Street Tuesday morning, New York Post reported.

Recent water main breaks across New York City are a cause for concern for some residents but city officials say the number of incidents is actually lower than the national average.

However, one infrastructure advocate says there are as many as 8,000 miles of sewers and water mains that are at least 70 years old and they in desperate need of repair that would cost billions.

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