Photo by Lisa Akey at 90th and Amsterdam.

A water main break led to severe flooding around 89th Street and Amsterdam Avenue on Monday night. The water was at least a foot deep in spots, Lisa Akey tells us. There was flooding as far South as 87th Street and as far North as 90th. Police and fire officials were on the scene.

The FDNY got the call around 9 p.m. and found a water main break at 89th and Amsterdam, an FDNY spokesman told us. The flooding caused a sinkhole in front of 167 West 89th Street, the spokesman said. The Department of Environmental Protection shut down the water main as the FDNY searched basements in the area. No injuries were reported. West Side Rag readers from as far away as 94th and Amsterdam and 84th and Broadway tell us their tap water is brown.

We’ll update this if we get more information.

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Photo by Jeff French Segall.

Photo by Jeff French Segall.

Photo by Jeff French Segall.

Photo by John Wells at 90th and Amsterdam.

NEWS | 11 comments | permalink
    1. EricaC says:

      My doorman says there is a gas leak too?

    2. Sarah says:

      I live on 88th and Columbus and we’ve already noticed that our running water is brown in color. Went out to buy bottled water for the time being.

    3. Michael says:

      The white BMW is now 1/2 inside the street

    4. Sean says:

      All the dog poop will wash away.

    5. Tzippy says:

      No water in Heywood towers upper floors at 5 AM. Con Ed is still ripping up the street on 90th St to turn off the gas and the hydrants are running to lower the pressure.

      There’s a white car in a sinkhole on Amsterdam and 90th as well.

    6. Tom D says:

      Just another example of the city’s rotting ancient infrastructure. Sooner or later, there will be a gas line break such as the one in East Harlem or bridge collapse that causes loss of life. Not if, just when.

      • B.B. says:

        Well yes, and no.

        As one who well remembers the 1970’s through 1980’s when water main breaks seemed a far more daily occurrence, things have actually been pretty good in 2000’s.

        All infrastructure has issues at some point. Newly installed water mains burst within a few years, meanwhile older ones that have been in use for over a century are just fine.

        IIRC around Boston you can still find water mains made from wood.

    7. Aly says:

      I’m on 98th and we had gross brown water last night too.

    8. Ish Kabibble says:

      Happy at least some folks know how to use their phones to properly shot video and pics.


    9. jor says:

      Oh, noes!

      How will the blessed Citbikers will ever get around now? I guess they must be hoof it and be a like the lowly pedestrian whom they execrate, or get in those evil automobiles.

    10. PeterW says:

      My water was brown last night. I live on 98th and Broadway