A massive water main break in the Bronx Wednesday morning made a mess of surrounding streets and according to officials, will take days to repair.
The break happened at about 6:30 a.m. and is centered at the intersection of Jerome Avenue and East 177th Street in the Mount Hope section of the Bronx.
Flooding in some areas reached about two- to three-feet above street level.
The water extends to about 8 to 10 blocks down Jerome Avenue and has already reached the Cross Bronx Expressway. Roads around the watermain also appeared to be buckling.
A fire chief told PIX11 News that a gas line underneath the water main break is also a point of concern. He said the gas line has not been shut down but the weight of the water may comproise the integrity of the gas line.
According to the Office of Emergency Management, No. 4 trains were forced to pass the 176th Street station. Service to the Bx1, Bx2, Bx3, Bx18, Bx36, Bx40 and M4 are also delayed.
Nearby No. 4 train service at Mt. Eden Avenue stations, and B and D service at 174-175th Street station were initially affected but are now back and running. For the latest mass transit updates, visit MTA.info.
Drivers are urged to find alternate route and avoid the area near Jerome Avenue and East 177th Street.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun