Water main break floods Armory Square
Five restaurants are closed following the massive water main break in Armory Square this morning. The restaurants are Lofo, Lumerick Pub, Namu, Opus, and Sakana-ya Sushi Bar. It comes as was shut off to several businesses in downtown Syracuse due to the break.
The City of Syracuse says the break was located and water was shut off shortly after 1:00 PM. The Water Department reports only three customers without service.
It appears most businesses still have water because the city says they get water from multiple sources. Reopening these restaurants Wednesday will depend on water sample results. These are the only businesses closed because they get their water from Walton Street pipes.
As crews continue to repair the 16-inch water line break, they say a combination of old pipes and cold weather is likely to blame for the rupture.
"This being a 16 inch main it causes a lot of damage as you can see so basically we are just going to clean up the intersection and get the restoration done after we fix the water main and go from there," said Paul Trovato.
Water came rushing into the heart of Armory Square around 6:00 a.m. at the intersection of Clinton and Franklin Streets, flooding parts of downtown Syracuse. It made a mess of the morning commute and left behind soggy, water-logged streets. "We actually saw the road come up and crack it was actually a little scary to see for a moment. we didn't know what was going on really," said Tess Eller who works at Starbucks.
The water had mostly receded by 9:00 a.m.
The water main break caused massive flooding in Armory Square. The concrete has buckled at the intersection of Franklin and Walton right in front of the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST).
"I have not seen water move that quickly in the time span of a couple of minutes it had gotten down the street around the corner all the way to the Jefferson Clinton Hotel," said MOST employee Katie MacIntyre.
The rapidly rising water was a big concern for people like Matt Heath who parked his car on the street overnight and woke up to the mess. "On the other side the water looks high. I just want to move it. I don't know if I'm going to be able to move it or not because the damage in front of it as well," Health said.
Syracuse Police say Franklin and Walton Streets will remain closed in Armory Square for an extended period. Traffic will not be able to get into parts of Armory Square.
Jefferson Street was back open by 8:25 a.m. and the MOST says it will be open as usual at 10:00 a.m.
The City says that should anyone experience difficulties or lack service, they are encouraged to contact the Water Department at 315-473-2860.