Police closed Hampton Street off to traffic after a water main broke Friday morning. Photo by Mara Certic
UPDATE: 12:30 p.m.
Hampton Street is open to traffic in both directions, but Jermain Avenue remains closed as highway workers continue to try to clear the roads, and the water authority works on replacing the broken pipe.
Northbound traffic on Hampton Street in Sag Harbor is being re-routed to Eastville Avenue as highway workers try to clear roads after a water main burst in the early Friday morning.
According to Tim Motz, a spokesperson for the Suffolk County Water Authority, the water main burst in front of 31 Jermain Avenue at 4 a.m. this morning. The crew from the water authority managed to shut the water off at 9:20 a.m., he said.
Mr. Motz said that approximately 30 houses have been impacted by the pipe bursting, and are now without water. The water authority expect the water will be restored to the area in the next hour or two, around noon or 1 p.m.
The frigid temperatures caused the flooded roads to freeze almost instantly, he said, making driving an hazardous and leading to the road closure.
A crew from the Suffolk County Water Authority was working on leak as highway workers tried to clear dangerous ice off the roads.
According to the officer at approximately 10:15 a.m., the section of Hampton Street would likely soon be cleared, but he expected it would take some more time to clean up Jermain Avenue as the water authority continued to try to fix the leak.
According to Mr. Motz, the water authority has had to fix over 200 burst water mains in 2015 so far.
“The snow is not an issue,” Mr. Motz said, “the brutal cold is.” He added that there is really nothing to do to prevent water mains from bursting when temperatures drop as dramatically as they have this week.
Older cast iron pipes, he said, are more susceptible to breaking when the temperatures plummet, and are often replaced with newer pipes, which they say are more able to withstand these freezing temperatures.