Repairs continue on massive sinkhole on Lower East Side - New York News

Repairs continue on massive sinkhole on Lower East Side

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A massive sinkhole outside Katz's Deli on E. Houston St. (MyFoxNY/May 23, 2014) A massive sinkhole outside Katz's Deli on E. Houston St. (MyFoxNY/May 23, 2014)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Emergency crews remained at the scene of a massive sinkhole on Friday caused by a broken water main a day earlier.

The 20-inch, cast-iron pipe ruptured outside the world famous Katz's Delicatessen on E. Houston St. on the Lower East Side. Flooding from the break was extensive.

The break occurred just before 11:30 a.m. near 1st Ave. The Department of Environmental Protection says the water main that was installed in 1959.

E. Houston remained closed through the area. M21 buses were detoured between Ludlow St. and Orchard St.

Emergency crews worked through the night to make repairs to the pipe and clear the street of water and debris.  The water was shut off, leaving five commercial buildings and eight residential buildings in the area without water.

Crews were excavating the road and making repairs to the main.  Once that work is finished, the road will reopen.
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