A water main break in the heart of Hoboken City is forcing traffic to be re-routed on this Tuesday morning, Feb 28. The water main ruptured at 5th Street and Willow Avenue, Hoboken officials said in a tweet at 4:41 a.m. Willow is closed between 5th and 6th. A boil water advisory is not in effect for Hoboken water main break as in Detroit.
The large sinkhole created by the water main break, a photo taken from NBCNewYork showed as above. The Sinkhole swallowed a red SUV, Honda CRV. This incident also shut down the Our Lady of Grace Elementary School for the day. The pressure created by the water main break caused the pavement to buckle and created the sinkhole. Suez Water, the city’s water utility company, pulled out the SUV that fell into the sinkhole, repaired the broken main, and filled in the sinkhole, all in the same day.
However, the worker did not do an effective job; the same water main broke again on Wednesday night. It leaked a smaller amount of water, and the previous day’s repairs had to be broken down and redone properly. Water pressure was affected in the area for the day. Even though no people were harmed, the water break raised a huge concern about Hoboken’s century-old water system.
This Tuesday incident was the second main break in Hoboken city this month, and the fourth main break this year. Mayor Dawn Zimmer stated that her goal is to have all the water mains on Washington Street replaced within the year. As for the rest of the city, the water mains will be checked annually. She also added that the city hasn’t yet invested in replacing and monitoring water mains, but now they plan to spend up to $5 million each year to avoid future incidents like Hoboken Water Main Break this Tuesday.