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Water Main Break in Bedford Park Shuts Down Street

Water Main Break in Bedford Park Shuts Down Street
WATER STREAMS DOWN East 198th Street after an early morning water main break in Bedford Park.
Photo by Jim Velez

Several business are working feverishly to open tomorrow after holiday shoppers visiting a strip of stores along East 198th Street will be turned away after an early morning water main break in Bedford Park.

The FDNY was called to the “major water main break” at 7:17 a.m. on Tuesday, December 19, in front of 2842 Grand Concourse, at East 198th Street.

According to witnesses, the water cascaded down the incline street, flooding parked cars and the basement of at least one apartment building and two stores.

Water Main Break in Bedford Park Shuts Down Street (Picture)
CREWS WORK INTO the night on Dec. 19 to fix the water main break on East 198th Street.
Photo by David Cruz

According to Genaro Parra, the owner of Lena’s Restaurant at 206 E. 198th Street, who told the Norwood News late Tuesday afternoon, “Yes, we have a lot of water in the basement and we lost a day’s pay.”

Water Main Break in Bedford Park Shuts Down Street
LENA’S RESTAURANT ON East 198tf Street, reported 3-feet of water in his basement after a water main break.
Photo by Jim Velez

Lena’s, which has been serving meals to customers for nearly 30 years, Parra was currently pumping out as much as three-feet of water from his basement.

Parra confirmed at least one other business was flooded and added that crews from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) were currently tearing up East 198 Street to make the emergency repairs.

In a statement, Douglas Auer, a DEP spokesman said that the water is still off and “crews are making repairs.”

“Our priority, as always, is to get water service restored as soon as possible,” said Auer.

East 198th Street remains closed between the Grand Concourse and Valentine Avenue and water service has been suspended to several buildings in the area.

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