Water main floods the Upper West Side

The break caused a gaping hole on West 106th Street at Central Park West.

A massive water main break shut down the subway and flooded buildings on the Upper West Side yesterday morning.

The break occurred just before 11 a.m. at West 106th Street and Central Park West.

“It sounded like an explosion,” said Gus Chrysson, 26, a musician who lives at 461 Central Park West. “I looked outside and the street was opened up.”

His building is one of several that flooded due to the break. The building’s superintendent reported “a lot of damage” due to the water that rushed into the building’s lobby.

The MTA shut down the flooded 110th Street station, which wound up causing a host of delays.

The MTA shut down both B and C train service from end to end yesterday. Train service was suspended between West 145th Street and 59th Street-Columbus Circle, and D trains were not running between 161st Street-Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and 34th Street-Herald Square in Manhattan. The gush was caused by a crack in a 30-inch cast-iron pipe dating back to 1917.

Follow Emily Anne Epstein on Twitter @EmilyatMetro.


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