NEW YORK (PIX11)—The neighborhood is trying to get back to normal at 152nd Street and St. Nicholas in Harlem's Hamilton Heights section.
It was Friday afternoon that a 55-year-old water main break caused a giant quagmire in the area. The giant "boom" -- as one resident described it -- led to a massive amount of water pressure blowing out a gas main. The eruption left a crater about eight-feet deep and big enough to swallow a PIX11 News van. It also left an entire neighborhood without gas or water.
Lette Fox, a resident in a building approximately twenty-five yards from the hole, told PIX11 Saturday night, "last night was horrible"
Saturday night was still hit and miss for residents. Some had gas, others no gas. Most did have water, but it was brown they said. The City Department Of Environmental Protection (DEP) did confirm that the main was fixed and that the water was darker than normal, but emphasized it was safe and would clear up soon.
Those with water had other issues that had them boiling. "We have water, but it's like really hot. It's scorching hot. It's not like normal water, it's not cold, it's not warm it's just really hot," said Tatiana Bazemore.
As for those customers still without gas, according to an email statement by DEP, some may be without it for up to 10 days.