MOUNT KISCO, N.Y.-- A 12-inch water main broke Sunday morning on Route 117 in Mount Kisco, leaking water onto the street and shutting down traffic from Barker Street to the entrance of Guard Hill Road.
The break, which happened around 8 a.m., according to Joe Luppino of Mount Kisco's Department of Public Works, caused the sidewalk above the pipe to split in two.
Luppino said the reasons for the break might be pipe fatigue from the winter. The shifting of the ground also has the potential to weaken or break a pipe, he said.
Workers stopped traffic and were turning cars around until the department was able to turn off the water, Luppino said. By 10:30 a.m., the area had been cordoned off with cones and traffic was being directed around the site.
People in the surrounding areas experienced loss of water services due to the break. The village has 77 miles of pipes under ground that deliver water to about 2,900 homes and buildings, Luppino said. "With such a severe break, it caused the pressure to drop across town," he said.
The break should take 10-15 hours to fix, Luppino said. Once utility companies, like Verizon and Con Edison, come to inform workers of the location of gas lines and fiber optic cables, workers will be able to begin fixing the pipe, he said.