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Water Main Break Closes Route 22 in Eastchester

UPDATE, 11 p.m. - The Westchester Joint Water Works was able to utilize other connections in its system to minimize the number of customers without water, its manager Anthony Conetta said.

"Everyone has service since we were able to re-route portions of our system and rely on various interconnections in the system," Conetta told The Daily Mamaroneck. "The only impact to some customers may have been temporary low pressure and/or discolored water."

Conetta also said workers are trying to isolate the segment of pipe that is leaking and replace it. How long that will take is not yet known.

UPDATE, 6 p.m. - The Westchester Joint Water Works  is trying to utilize other connections in its system to minimize the number of customers without water, its manager said.

Anthony Conetta said some costumers may experience lower than normal water pressure or discolored water. He said workers are trying to isolate the segment of pipe that is leaking and replace it. How long that will take is not yet known

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. --The water main that broke on Route 22 in Eastchester has been turned off after flooding the streets for nearly two hours. Route 22 remains closed to traffic in both directions from California Road to Burnham Road.  Some residents in Larchmont and Mamaroneck have been left without water as repairs are conducted on the water main.

A 30-inch water main at Hilldale and White Plains roads (Route 22), right across from the entrance to Lake Isle, broke just before 2 p.m. Friday. The break sent a flood of water six inches deep cascading down the street. The water has flooded homes on Club Drive and the Leewood golf course.

Drivers trying to avoid the area are taking side streets, which have now slowed to a crawl and are filled with the sounds of honking horns and frustration.

The water main that broke supplies water for Larchmont and Mamaroneck.

Anthony Conetta, Westchester Joint Water Works manager, issued the following statement:

"In order to minimize the area that is temporarily without water, WJWW crews are now in the process of isolating the leak and  making arrangements to re-route water within the WJWW system through valves and other interconnections.  We have been in contact with the County (DOH, etc.) and United Water and will be contacting potentially affected WJWW customers (no water or discolored water) and place updates on our website."

Residents in the immediate area of the break have water but do not have gas, because Con Edison turned off the gas lines for safety.

Lt. Jeff Hunter of the Eastchester Police said Route 22 could remain closed overnight because Con Edison may have to dig to ensure the integrity of the gas lines.

Video by Priscilla Albano

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