A sinkhole opened up on a Manhattan street and partially devoured an SUV last night after a water main break caused havoc for the surrounding area. And the pain isn't over, as some bus routes have been re-routed.
A 12-inch water main at Amsterdam Avenue and West 89th Street on the Upper West Side broke sometime around 9 p.m. When the FDNY checked buildings, "a number of them inundated with 5 to 6 feet of water," NBC New York reports.
Water Condition Amsterdam Ave/ W 89th St (MN)causing traffic delays, emergency personnel and local MTA bus service rerouting in the area.
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The break also "sent water and sewage flooding into the basement of the Ballet Hispanico studio on W. 89th Street," according to the Daily News. The studio's CEO Eduardo Vilaro said, "Our two studio floors are destroyed. All the costumes in the basement are flooded. When Sandy hit, our other costume warehouse in New Jersey was destroyed, so this is round two."
The street beneath a BMW SUV, parked at Amsterdam and West 90th, opened up as well, as the flooding extended a few blocks from the break.
The water was shut off within a half hour and the Department of Environmental Protection rerouted the supply before midnight. The West Side Rag reports that some local residents "as far away as 94th and Amsterdam and 84th and Broadway [found] their tap water is brown."
The M7 and M11 bus lines remain rerouted this morning.