Just in case you haven’t gotten your fill of water-logged subway stations over the past few months, New York City’s aging utilities have decided to grace us with another one. This morning, a 100-year-old water main near Madison Square Park broke, flooding the 23rd St. station on the BMT Broadway line. The MTA’s Leonard Wiggins was on hand to record the above video.
Not surprisingly, as of around 2:45 p.m., the water main break has snarled service along the N, Q and R trains. There are no N and Q trains between DeKalb Ave. and 57th St., and there are no R trains along the Broadway line between Queens Plaza and Whitehall St. Rather, R trains are running on the F from 36th St. to Herald Square and then along the D to DeKalb Ave. In its understated way, the MTA urges customers to “allow additional travel time.”
Rush hour could be a bit bumpy. According to Matt Flegenheimer of The Times water topped the third rail for about 1000 feet near the 23rd St. station, and the MTA still has to clean up. Once the station is pumped dry, crews will inspect tracks and signals before running test trains. On the slightly optimistic side, at least this flooding was not an inundation of corrosive salt water. Whatever deposits sit in a century-old pipe must be somewhat less destructive than the ocean.