Jan 28, 2021 By Michael Dorgan
A water main break flooded several blocks in Long Island City Thursday – submerging cars in water and forcing one woman to be rescued by the FDNY.
The FDNY responded to reports of a water main break at 41-14 Vernon Blvd. at around 3:30 a.m., according to the FDNY.
One woman was seen trapped in her car before being rescued by a firefighter, according to video footage captured on Citizen. The footage also shows a number of cars submerged in around three feet of water along Vernon Boulevard.
It is unclear what caused the water main to break.
Water has been shut off in the area to stop the leak and NYCHA buildings 41-15 and 41-16 Vernon Blvd. are currently without water service. Crews are currently working on restoring the service, the Dept. of Environmental Protection said.
The FDNY said there were no reports of water getting inside any buildings and there were no injuries.
Queens Borough President Donovan Richards visited the scene this morning and has called for the city to invest in “state of the art” infrastructure for all Queens communities.
We’re on the scene of this morning’s water main break outside the Queensbridge Houses.
Thank you to DEP and other city agencies here trying to rectify the situation as quickly as possible — now let’s invest in state-of-the-art infrastructure for all our #Queens communities. pic.twitter.com/eQGRLFnjF4
— Queens Borough President Donovan Richards (@QnsBPRichards) January 28, 2021
Meanwhile, State Sen. Mike Gianaris tweeted that he was aware of the flooding and has been in contact with the city seeking further information on the matter.
I have already been in touch with the city seeking more information. My office is ready to assist anyone experiencing outages or needing to file a claim for damages https://t.co/Xq10Ti6yVo
— Sen. Mike Gianaris (@SenGianaris) January 28, 2021