'I've never seen anything like this': Water main break collapses White Plains street

The break knocked out water service to many in the city and also affected fire hydrants.

News 12 Staff

Aug 11, 2020, 10:46 AM

Updated 1,383 days ago


As if power problems and a heat wave aren't bad enough, a water main break collapsed a White Plains street on Monday.
Officials say pipes burst Monday afternoon near the public safety building on the corner of Martine and South Lexington avenues. The street collapsed, and water filled up the massive sink hole. The entire area had to be shut down while crews worked to stop the water from gushing. There is no word as to what may have caused it.
The 24-inch main line feeds water to most of the city so just about all residents lost water.
"We lost the water during a period of time when I didn't realize it, so I went out to try to get some water went to the supermarket and everybody was hoarding. And by the time I got back, we started having water again," says Kenneth Matinale, of White Plains.
White Plains firefighters had to have mutual aid water tankers on standby from around the county in case there was a fire. Luckily that didn't happen. 
Water was restored to most people by Monday evening but temporary water service had to be arranged for 76 South Lexington and Mount Carmel Church located right near the break. "I've never seen anything like this, honestly. I've lived in New York for 35 years and I've never seen this in my life," says Ilysse, of White Plains.
White Plains city officials say those who live in the area may see their water discolored, but is safe to drink. They recommend letting your faucet run with cold water for a short time.
The whole area is closed off, and crews tell News 12 that repairing the roadway is going to be a huge job and could take a few days.

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