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8 Rescued After Water Main Break Floods NYC Expressway, Stranding Cars

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Eight people had to be rescued early Thursday after a 48-inch water main broke, completely flooding the Cross Bronx Expressway and stranding vehicles.

The FDNY says it received a call around 3 a.m. about the flood near Jerome Avenue and West 175th Street. Seven cars were stranded in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx and commuters inside were escorted out by first responders.

No injuries were reported, according to authorities.

Several parked cars on Jerome Avenue were submerged underwater all the way up to their windows. The water was turned off around 6 a.m., though residents in the area do still have water. Drinking water and pressure are expected to be OK.

Some drains were clogged in the area, the Department of Environmental Preservation said. They're working to clear the catch basins.

The flood shut down the busy expressway in both directions and impacted all roads nearby as well as the George Washington Bridge through much of the morning. Some subway service was also suspended in the area.

Both lanes of the Cross Bronx Expressway reopened shortly before 10:30 a.m. Road repairs are expected to take a few days.

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