Frigid temps cause water main breaks in Massapequa, Massapequa Park

A pair of water main breaks in Massapequa Park and Massapequa left more than a dozen homes and businesses without water Monday.



One water main break occurred around 6:30 a.m. on Merrick Road. It closed the street between Park and Cartwright boulevards and left about a dozen businesses and about five nearby homes without water while repairs were being made.



South Shore Aesthetic Dentistry on Merrick Road had to cancel about 25 appointments Monday due to the break. Office manager Karen Shkinder called the emergency work frustrating, as the office had to send home staff while accommodating patients.



Jim Hughes, the manager of the Smokin' Al's restaurant on Merrick Road near Park Boulevard, said the business had running water all day, but few customers due to the road closure right outside.



Massapequa Water District Superintendent Stan Carey said he understands that the repair work had a huge effect on these businesses. He added that crews were working as quickly as possible to fix the problem.



Another water main broke around the same time Monday morning on Leonard Drive in Massapequa. Water district officials said it was much smaller than the one on Merrick Road, only affecting a handful of homes.



Officials said both breaks were caused by the frigid temperatures.



By Monday night, water service had been restored to the affected areas.


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