Water main breaks in the latest calamity on a ‘cursed’ East Village street

Department of Environmental Protection burrow into he concrete on East 7th Street and 1st Avenue
Photo by Dean Moses

East 7th Street in the East Village faced yet another calamity on Monday morning with a water main break that gave some residents an early wake-up call.  

The burst pipe was reported at 99 East 7th St. at 5:36 a.m. on Dec. 21. Videos from the Citizen App showed the streets swamped with water throughout the early hours.

The NYPD and FDNY arrived on the scene shortly, thereafter, creating a perimeter by blocking off East 8th and 9th Streets between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

Donna, a resident of East 8th Street, told amNewYork Metro that firefighters rang her bell at 5:30am, stating they were checking the area for gas leaks.

“I have to leave for work, but I am worried about my daughter,” Donna said.

DEP operatives at the scene. Photo by Dean Moses

Residents have begun referring to the area as cursed earlier this month after the six-alarm fire that ravaged Middle Collegiate Church on East 7th Street and 2nd Avenue and other influx of incidents that have occurred within the year.

The water valve was shut off and the roadway was free of water by 7:30 a.m. Shortly after, the FDNY closed operations so members of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) can investigate and make repairs.

NYPD officers were also on the scene preventing pedestrians from accessing the area.  

amNewYork Metro reached out to DEP and is awaiting further details about the incident.

NYPD discuss the situation. Photo by Dean Moses
A concerned citizen looks on. Photo by Dean Moses