2005-03-18 / Community

Water Main Break Floods Redfern, LIRR

By Howard Schwach

A 20-inch water main break at Brunswick Avenue and Nameoke Street flooded Far Rockaway streets early on Tuesday morning, impacting some homes and businesses as well as the Far Rockaway Station of the Long Island Railroad for several hours.

The break, which occurred at approximately 4 a.m., according to a spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) created a 15-foot by 15-foot deep crater in the roadway.

DEP sources say that some of the basements in the nearby Redfern Houses and across the street on Nameoke Street were flooded and some small businesses in the area remained closed for most of the day.

The water reached one to two feet high in the street at the height of the flooding, sources say.

The street in front of the Long Island Railroad Station on Nameoke Street was flooded, but the tracks were not impacted by the flood. Riders were urged, however, to use the Inwood Station instead if they could not get through the floodwaters to the Far Rockaway facility.

There was no disruption of service on the line.

While there were a number of backhoes working on nearby construction sites, the DEP declined to say whether any of that construction work had damaged the main.

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