Suffern water main blows off manhole, hits power lines

A water main broke on Route 202 in Suffern Thursday, knocking off a manhole cover and spraying water 50 feet into the air.

The main ruptured at around 3 p.m. and hit active power lines. The flow has since been turned off.

Officials said a failed air valve was the likely cause.

Residents continued to have water and power, officials reported.

Police happened to have been nearby doing a commercial vehicle check when the main erupted, according to Suffern Mayor Patricia Abato. 

Route 202 was expected to reopen overnight, after repairs and a safety check.

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