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East Village Water Main Break Leaves Thousands Without Water

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A water main break collapsed a portion of an intersection in the East Village Tuesday afternoon, leaving thousands of residents without water.

Just after 4 p.m., the intersection of 2nd Avenue and 7th Street looked more like a lake than a busy street. As of late Tuesday night, city crews were still working to restore water service to the area.

The break left a gaping hole nearly 30 feet in diameter, and sent a torrent of water into the streets.

Tap water turned brown in nearby homes and businesses before authorities shut down the pipe to make repairs.

The Department of Environmental Protection was on the scene immediately, trying to restore water to the thousands of residents affected.

Suzannah Troy who considers herself to be a local activist says these accidents happen all to frequently in this neighborhood.

“There is way too much, way too rapid, over the top development. I call it the new, hideous New York,” said Troy.

When you look at the wreckage left behind, she says it's a miracle something really bad didn't happen.

“This is ridiculous. Someone could have been killed,” she said.

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