Water main break floods streets, closes schools

A water main break early this morning flooded streets and closed Baldwin schools for the day.

A water main break early this morning flooded streets and closed Baldwin schools for the day. (3/6/15)

BALDWIN - A water main break early this morning flooded streets and closed Baldwin schools for the day.

A 20-inch water main broke on Winona Road at around 3 a.m. The break sent water rushing into the street.

The break affected roughly 200 customers in Baldwin, Baldwin Harbor and Oceanside.  It also forced Baldwin schools to close because of low water pressure in the buildings.  

Crews from New York American Water worked throughout the day to repair the break. Repairs were complicated by a tree that fell onto a van when the main cracked and shifted the soil. The tree was also leaning on a power line, so power crews had to cut the tree from the line before it and the van could be moved.

New York American Water officials say water main breaks are up about 10 percent.

 

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