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Water Main Breaks in Jackson Heights, Disrupts Commuters and Damages Businesses

Twitter 110 Precinct

Jan. 12, 2018 By Tara Law

A water main broke on the corner of Broadway and 74th Street at about 5:30 a.m. Friday, disrupting subway service, flooding the street, and causing serious damage to nearby businesses.

The Department of Environmental Protection responded to the scene to contain the break. The water was under control by 7:10 a.m., according to the 110th precinct’s Twitter account.

Broadway is currently open to vehicles, and the bus lines are not disrupted. Service on the M and R trains were temporarily suspended around 6:15 a.m., and resumed around 6:50 a.m.
Service was disrupted on several lines.

Jinesh Patel, manager of Pronto Lotto Smoke Shop at 40-04, said that he thought the smoke shop had suffered about $50,000 in damage. Some of the store’s equipment, including freezers, were turned over, and merchandise such as groceries and paper products were destroyed.

“It’s a lot of damage,” Patel said.

As of 11:30 a.m., 74th Street was still shut down by DEP workers.

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