A rupture in a nearly 100-year-old water main near Central Park West and 106th Street just before 11:30 a.m. yesterday led to scenes like the above in the streets, as well as 10 feet of flood water on the tracks of the A, B, C, and D trains (and, obviously, suspension of service). MTA workers worked all night pumping out the water, and all was back to normal as of about 5 a.m. this morning.
From the MTA,
Using portable pumps, crews were successful in removing water three to ten feet deep along the tracks stretching from the 103rd Street station to 125th Street. Crews also replaced approximately 30 motorized signal stop arms that were damaged by the water. A massive clean-up of mud and debris was done, while Tracks and third rails were power-washed. Work trains were called into service to remove debris as it was collected and bagged.
Impressively, pumps were able to move as much as 6,000 gallons of water per minute out of the system.
These photos by the MTA/Patrick Cashin reveal the odd scene of a subway semi-submerged by murky brown water.