Go Back to Bed, a Busted Water Main Is Already Screwing Up Your Day
Good morning, everything is all messed up. Around midnight on Fifth Avenue near 13th Street, a water main ruptured, according to the fire department, which caused massive flooding and just a general sense that maybe we should all hit the sheets again and not deal with this shit right this minute, you know?
It took 60 firefighters until 5:30 a.m. to control the flooding, but there are still plenty of issues this morning. The Metropolitan Transit Authority warns that the B, C, D, F, M, and Q lines are all delayed or rerouted; you can check here for the latest. Seriously, check it before you leave the house. Everything is crazy.
Buses in the area are still being detoured around the flooding, and Fifth Avenue between 13th and 14th streets is still closed. Depending on when you get out of the house, there may still be emergency personnel in the area. Stay out of their way. As you can see from the photo above, emergency crews were still on the tracks near West 4th an hour ago, trying to get the remaining water cleaned out.
Also, if you left you car in a parking garage near that area, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise:
NYC. Union Square water main break will keep 5th Ave b/ tween 14th&13th closed. Con Ed says 50 cars submerged in parking garage.#1010WINS— John Montone1010WINS (@1010WINSMontone) January 15, 2014
Same if you were planning on visiting the basement of the New School's newest building:
Also, in a completely unrelated event, just to make your day even more fun, some Eighth Avenue-bound L trains were also delayed this morning:
They have since resumed with "residual delays," a phrase familiar to anyone who's ever gotten anywhere near an L train.
Across the city, there is widespread confusion about what's going on:
Wtf is a water main break, ?? Is the train a pregnant lady???— choke me (@kaptaintriste) January 15, 2014
As well as some general rage:
And finally, here is a completely insane video of the aftermath the flood. Watch it and take a moment to be grateful for the people who made the city a little less soggy while you slept.
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