A Water Main Breaks in New York City
The increased pressure of the Catskill water system of New York City was again responsible for a bad break in the water mains of that city on the evening of November 19. This time a section of a 48-inch distributing main broke last night in front of 541 Madison avenue. Before inspectors from the department of water supply could cut off the flow many cellars in the vicinity were flooded. The break was just above Fifty-fourth street. The gate at Fortysecond street was closed, but the big pipe drained all the way to Seventy-ninth street before the leak stopped. It was necessary to close other gates before the leak was located, and some time was lost in this way. The breaking of the main was discovered by a column of w’.atcr that suddenly sprang into the air and then quickly subsided. The water continued to make its way into nearby dwellings, rising almost to the street level in some. The water was turned off as soon as the emergency force of the department of water supply got to the scene. The damage was all below the street level and, though at the point where the break occurred the sidewalk sagged slightly, it was not necessary to close the street to traffic. The slant of the street is toward the east side, and the houses on that side suffered most from the flow. The basements were mostly all flooded. Some contained five feet of water that had flowed through the gratings. For a time the entire water supply in the district was cut off.