A water main break under Fifth Avenue has shut down all traffic on the avenue between 14th and 12th streets, and on 13th street between University Place and Sixth Avenue. The street closures have caused delays and detours on the M1, M2, M3, M5, M14A, and M14D buses.

The break occurred this morning at about 9:30 a.m., and the streets were shut down by about 11 a.m., at which point the Department of Environmental Protection was already on the ground, along with the FDNY and Office of Emergency Management.

According to an OEM spokesperson, several buildings at the intersection of 13th and Fifth have been reporting water in their basements. Steam has been shut off in four buildings, the spokesperson said.

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The break caused the DEP to turn off the water at seven of The New School's buildings, according to The New School Free Press, which also reports that dark, murky water has been coming out of the faucets in Kerry Hall, a residence hall at Fifth Avenue and 14th Street.

The New School wasn't alone: several other businesses in the area had to close because of water shutoffs, including Hu Kitchen on Fifth between 14th and 13th and the New York Health & Racquet Club on 13th between Fifth and University Place.

The OEM spokesperson said that the cause of the break was not yet known, and it's not clear how long these streets will be shut down. A DEP spokesperson said that crews are on-scene and are working to determine the source of the break. We'll update when we have more information.