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Sinkhole appears in Manhattan after water main breaks

May 22 2014, 9:39pm CDT | by , in News | Other Stuff

Sinkhole appears in Manhattan after water main breaks
Mara Altman

A sinkhole was all that was left by a sudden flood in Manhattan earlier today.

In Manhattan earlier today, a large underground pipe that was installed way back in 1959 broke and vomited insurmountable amounts of water, flooding the East Houston Street.

The muddy waters didn't spare the iconic Katz’s Delicatessen, which is just a few meters away.

It happened at around 11 a.m. According to CBS, Katz’s basement was filled with 5 feet of water. Fortunately, the pastrami was safe.

“No, don’t worry, I’ll have pastrami for everyone,” Katz’s Deli owner, Jake Dell, said.

When firefighters drained out all the water, the flood left a huge sinkhole on the street. Police had to close the eastbound lanes. As of the 5 p.m. today, the street is still closed.

The Department of Environmental Protection immediately responded to the scene. Although investigation is still on going, the DEP said that the water does not pose a health risk.

Water should be restored by evening, a DEP spokesman said. 

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