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LES Residents Clean Up From Water Main Break

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Residents and business owners are cleaning up after a massive water main break Thursday flooded basements and caused traffic delays on the Lower East Side.

The city Department of Environmental Protection says water has been fully restored to all businesses and residential buildings affected.

The main broke just before noon and sent water rushing onto Houston Street.

Part of the street also buckled, creating a sinkhole that sent a concrete slab onto a gas line.

The co-owner of Katz's Deli, Jake Dell, says watching the ground get swallowed up by the sink hole was a bizarre experience.

"It's the earth disappears in front of you and that's kind of an unnerving thing to see. And it was kind of nerve-racking to see when would it stop? And would it engulf the restaurant? And would there be no more Katz's to speak of. And luckily, thank God, nothing like that happened," Dell said.

Crews spent most of Thursday repairing utility lines.

DEP officials say road repairs were completed Friday.

Investigators say the water main was installed in 1959.

It has now been taken to a DEP facility where testing will be done to try to determine the cause of the break.

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