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Manhattan Water Main Break Disrupts N, Q, R Service

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Some Manhattan residents are still dealing with the after effects of a massive water main break Friday morning at 23rd Street, which disrupted subway service throughout the day. NY1's Polly Kreisman filed the following report.

Video taken inside the 23rd Street subway station Friday gives an idea of the volume of the water that was released when a water main broke at 23rd Street and Broadway.

Service on the N and R trains was affected, as four tracks and third rails were all submerged.

The New York City Fire Department said a 36-inch 1916-era cast iron pipe burst on Friday and sent 750 gallons of water per minute gushing.

Most of the water ended up in the subway system, but up above, streets were also soaked as workers labored in the cold to pump water out from below ground.

Fifth Avenue was temporarily closed between 34th Street and 23rd Street.

Most pedestrians seemed to take it without concern.

"It's just a New York story, just another day in the life of New York," said one person. "I love it."

"We were just joking how life goes on and it's just an inconvenience, and everyone just walks around it," said another. "But I mean, it was obviously pretty bad."

It was pretty bad for many residents in the East Village, SoHo, and TriBeCa. Many are dealing with water pressure issues. Others are living without entirely.

Bill White is one of them.

"Our building, like many buildings in the city, is a steam heat building," he said. "It needs water in order to provide heat."

He bought bottled water for drinking and cleaning, but that won't help solve all of his issues.

"We don't have any idea what the extent of the problem is, how hard it would be to fix or when water service could be restored, and heat," White said.

Residents who have water may notice some discoloration. Officials said running the tap should clear it up. They said it's safe to drink.

The DEP said it will be several days minimum before the water main is fixed and restored.

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