2005_12_watermain.jpgYesterday's water main break at 23rd Street and Broadway (or, as we called it, "The First Post-Strike Major Service Disruption") caused a big ol' mess along the N, Q, and R line, creating a lake in Flatiron district. Trains were rerouted as service was restored about six hours after the 6AM break. One transit worker told the Daily News, "This is very bad timing. It's going better than I thought, though. I thought people would be yelling and screaming. But they're being pretty nice," while one transit official told the Post, "Water was bubbling up [through the sidewalk] like a little volcano." CBS reported :

The swirling, gurgling lake in front of Madison Square Park was caused by a broken 20 inch water main pipe which dates back in the 1870s and officials don't know if it was the recent rise in temperatures or the constant pounding of the pavement by cars and trucks at the intersection of Broadway and 23rd that's responsible for the break. Just minutes after the water main broke, firefighters created a makeshift dam of tarps and newspaper vending machines to stop the water from flowing into the subway station.

Hmm, can the "pounding of the pavement" be blamed on the excess of cars from the strike? The Department of Environmental Protection will be inspecting the pipe's metal. Gothamist will cross our fingers that other very, old pipes in the system don't want to burst any time soon.

Image from CBS 2 News