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Power Returns to Upper West Side Residents After Water Main Break

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TWC News: Water Main Break Sends Water Gushing Down Upper West Side Block
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The power is back on for people on the Upper West Side affected by a water main break late Saturday night.

The sound of jackhammers filled the air on 103rd Street between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive as crews worked late into the night repairing the damage.

People nearby say that around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, they heard a pop, followed by the sound of gushing water.

The Department of Environmental Protection said that crews tracked down the source of the leak to a 12-inch cast iron pipe installed in 1960.

Gushing water from the pipe filled nearby basements.

"There's a huge river coming down the sidewalk and into our building, into our basement and the basements of nearby buildings," said Richard Robbins, who was affected by the pipe burst.

"My boiler is flooded completely," said Zufer Omeragic, who was affected by the pipe burst. "I needed to take water out so I can give heat to these people here."

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