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Water Main Break Still Causing Trouble for Some Manhattan Residents and Businesses

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Some residents living near the water main break that took place on Wednesday near Union Square are dealing with destroyed cars, broken elevators and no phone service. NY1’s Magee Hickey filed the following report.

More than half the residents of Butterfield House at 37 W. 12th St. are spending the weekend elsewhere after a 137-year-old water main burst Wednesday morning a block away at Fifth Avenue and West 13th Street.

"Apprehension that the building couldn't be in habitable for a long period of time and now they're slowly getting things repaired,” said Fred Shriver, a resident of West 12th Street.

Water flooded the co-op building's basement, knocking out elevator service and damaging at least 55 cars in the basement garage.

"There’s like mounds of really thick dark soot and it’s hard and the fact that it all swept through the basement, it’s devastating. To see the garage that those cars were all under water, it’s devastating,” said resident Marcee Smith.

Around the corner, equipment was brought in to pump out the flooded basement at the New School. Residents worried about their neighbors at 25 West 13th St. with no elevators.

“The people I feel the worst for, whether they are 21 or 85,” said Randi Jenkins, a West 13th Street resident. “They’re basically stuck in their apartments if they can’t walk the steps.”

At the oldest apothecary in America, C.O. Bigelow at Sixth Avenue at Ninth Street, the water main break five blocks away knocked out their Verizon phone service so their customers are suffering too.

"The doctors aren’t able to reach us. The patients aren’t able to reach us to call in for refills,” said Bruce Schreiber, the apothecary’s general manager. “It’s really a big problem.”

C.O. Bigelow has set up a hotline number for their customers: 484-541-4010.

The city is hoping that at least a few of the lanes on 5th Avenue between West 12th and 14th streets will be reopened sometime early this week.

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