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Chelsea Water Main Break: L train service restored, some roads closed



CHELSEA, Manhattan (WABC) –

L trains resume flooding from a disrupted water mainline service and close several blocks in Manhattan's Chelsea district on Wednesday.

The MTA claims several electrical equipment – including switches and motors – was submerged by the disruption and all had to be removed, repaired or replaced.

Officials say the water came in through the vents from the street, and this was not an inner underground leak

Full service was restored shortly after noon.

The break in the 20-inch mainline was reported at 5:45 am on Seventh Avenue and 14th Street in Chelsea.

The video from NewsCopter7 showed a large amount of water bubbling along 7th Avenue.

The relief teams responded and stopped the water, which then quickly decreased.

However, the water service was affected for the residents of 7th Avenue. The gas service was also interrupted for a handful of customers.

The break flooded the streets and poured water into the nearby subway station.

Train traffic was suspended between 8th Avenue in Manhattan and Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn.

The following streets were closed to traffic as cleanup and repairs were underway: 7th Avenue between 1

6th and 13th Street; and 14th and 15th streets between the 6th and 8th avenues.

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