A water main break flooded streets on Manhattan’s Upper West Side near Lincoln Center and hampered subway service during the Monday morning rush hour.
The Fire Department of New York responded to the flooding around 5 a.m. near Broadway and West 62nd Street. The water spread for blocks and was several inches deep in places.
“It’s crazy, you need a boat or something to get through. I didn’t end wear boots today and now we got all this,” commuter Michael Romero, 27, of the Bronx told the New York Post.
Abigail Marie, 33, of Manhattan, said city workers and firefighters responded quickly after the streets started “flooding a lot and from all directions.”
“You have to be careful, there’s big puddles around and they’re deeper than they seem,” she told the Post.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported delays on the 1, 2 and 3 subway lines.
According to sources at Starbucks’ 63rd Street location, the flooding caused some inventory to be destroyed and delayed the shop’s opening to 8 a.m. A source from ConEdison stated that gas lines were not affected by the flooding.
Mark Hallum contributed to this report.