Water main breaks, flooding Lower Manhattan subways

N,Q and R subway service in the area is currently shut down

Published February 1, 2013 7:35PM (EST)


A 36-inch water main has ruptured at 23rd and Broadway in Manhattan's Flatiron District. The main, nearly hundred years old, broke around 10:45 a.m. Crews have turned the water source off and are still working on repairs, leaving parts of Lower Manhattan with little to no water pressure:

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CBS reports that the following subway lines are disrupted until further notice:

As a result, there are no N and Q trains between the DeKalb Avenue station and the 57th Street-7th Avenue station in both directions. There are also no R trains between the Queens Plaza station and the Whitehall Street station in both directions.

The MTA said R trains are running on the F line between the 36th Street station in Queens and the 34th Street-Herald Square station, then run on the D line in both directions between the 34th Street-Herald Square station and the DeKalb Avenue station.

The MTA has released a video of the break at the 23rd Street subway station:

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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