A Water Main Just Broke, 23rd Street Station Evacuated (Updated)

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Instagram user @zackhigginsis

Updated 4:30 p.m.:

MTA promises to have all trains back up and running for your evening commute. Service wasn't completely restored at 3:30 this afternoon, so maybe if you hang around the office late tonight, your train will be waiting when you finally leave. Good luck getting home!

Updated 1:00 p.m.:

The DEP has now revealed that the flooding started when a 36" pipe broke beneath 25th and Fifth Avenue. They say they're still investigating why the pipe in question burst, but we're pretty sure we already know the answer -- the thing was from 1915! Apparently 98-year-old pipe isn't very sturdy.

The DEP also tells us that your water should be back on now.

Updated 12:30 p.m.:

FDNY says that no one was injured during the earlier evacuation of the 23rd Street station.

The MTA is doing their best to restore service by rerouting the effected trains. Here's their update on the severely-impacted train schedule: "Both directions R trains are running on the F line between 36 St Station (Qns) and 34 St-Herald Sq Station, then run on the D or N line in both directions between 34 St-Herald Sq Station and DeKalb Av Station. Allow additional travel time."

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is reportedly still working on patching the water main, but in the meantime, water is shut off in much of downtown. The Voice offices are all the way over near Astor Place, but we've got no water here.

If you're having problems with the water pressure in your building, you can report it here, although you'll likely fall pretty low on the priority list -- y'know, somewhere behind the giant flood.

Also, we've added a video to our collection of fun and disturbing flood imagery (below). Check it out!

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A water main near the 23rd Street - Broadway station broke around 10:40 a.m., causing the entire station to be evacuated. The N, Q, and R trains are currently shut down between the Whitehall Street and 57th Street stops, and MTA is warning commuters to expect major delays on those lines. Between this and Sandy, it seems like the subway will never dry out.

Streets in the area are also flooding, so if you have to pass through Madison Square Park today, bring your rain boots.

We'll let you know when the station reopens. In the meantime, check out a few more photos of the flooding:

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Instagram user @facelessnyer

The Instagrammer who captured this shot also noted, "It smells bad all over." Gross.

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Twitter user @skipfil

This image came from a commuter who was evacuated from their morning train. We can't think of anything scarier than being on the subway when the tunnel fills up with water, but everyone looks pretty orderly here.


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