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Water Main Break Floods Several Blocks In Long Island City, Woman Rescued From Submerged Car

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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.

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.

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