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Water Main Break In Hoboken

Repair crews have capped a large water main break in Hoboken that caused a street to buckle, swallowing a small car.

Water main break in Hoboken
Water main break in Hoboken (WNYW TV)

It happened early Thursday at 8th Street and Willow Avenue. The break was capped around 5 a.m. and the water receded quickly.

“I saw a huge crack in the middle of the street with water gushing out of it, and more water gushing out under one of the cars behind it,” Hoboken resident Casey Timmeman told WABC TV. “The car was still sitting normally like it was parked, and then probably in 10, 15 minutes time, it started to sink down into the hole.”

The break caused flooding along the street and in the basements of nearby buildings.

The area was flooded during Superstorm Sandy according to WNYW TV and officials are concerned about the integrity of the street. Raw sewage was also released during the break.

Willow Avenue is closed at 9th Street and 8th Street is closed at Park Avenue.

The city says residents on Willow Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets are expected to be without water service until repairs are completed. New  Jersey Transit bus service will also be detoured around the area.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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