ContributorsPublishersAdvertisers

Car submerged in Newark as water service restored

New York Post
New York Post
 2022-08-10

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=2OEDek_0hCUsnwF00

Newark restored the vast majority of its water service by Wednesday evening and neighboring Belleville was “almost back to normal” 32 hours after a monster water main break left more than 100,000 parched.

The damage left a car submerged in water after being swallowed by sinkholes. A boil water advisory was still in effect Wednesday until officials could conduct tests on the water in the city and town, officials said.

The emergency began Tuesday morning when a 140-year-old pipe ruptured in Brook Branch Park, turning roads into rivers and leaving much of New Jersey’s largest city without water on the eighth day of a brutal heat wave.

Newark officials said that water pressure was back to normal for 99% of city residents after workers went door-to-door to distribute bottled water and several large hospitals had to turn away non-emergency patients.

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=2hXLmy_0hCUsnwF00
Water continued to gush out of the broken main until workers could locate the valve to shut it off around 1 p.m. Wednesday.
@MichaelMelham
https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=2DQUpc_0hCUsnwF00
A car remained submerged in a sinkhole in Newark’s Brook Branch Park a day after a 140-year-old pipe burst.
@MichaelMelham

“The leak on the water main break has been isolated, the vehicle obstruction removed, and excavation has begun to uncover the water main,” said Director of the Department of Water and Sewer Utilities Kareem Adeem in a Wednesday evening statement .

Officials were able to able to finally locate the valve that shut off the gushing water and repair the main around 1 p.m. Wednesday, Belleville Town Manager Anthony Iacono told The Post.

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=4Qg63e_0hCUsnwF00
As the water receded, officials were able to get closer to a car that was swallowed by a large sinkhole in the park after the break. Its driver was able to escape unharmed.

Belleville, a town of 38,000 shares its water supply with Newark, and residents, businesses and hospitals were heavily affected by Tuesday’s break.

“We weren’t able to get into the hole because there was so much water. Until we were able to shut the water off we couldn’t see what we were dealing with. So it was almost like a jigsaw puzzle,” Iacono said.

Belleville was also said to be getting back to normal.

“I’m hopeful by the end of the evening or early morning when people wake up to take showers we’re almost back to normal,” Iacono said.

Officials reminded impacted residents to “bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow the tap water to cool before using” or to use bottled water.

Comments / 0

Comments / 0