Boil water advisory issued for Albany residents affected by water main break

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Crews in Albany continue to work on repairs to the city’s latest water main break.

Officials are still asking residents to conserve water.

Tenants are able to return to their apartments located at 55 South Lake Avenue through a side entrance. Water and electric has been restored, but gas has not.

The water main break caused a sink hole to swallow an SUV on Tuesday. That vehicle was removed late Tuesday night, now a giant hole remains.

An outdoor contractor helped workers shut off the water.

Crews are now working to stabilize the electric grid below the ground and pump water out. Next, they will begin removing debris from the hole.

Steve Pierre, who owns the SUV, says he thought he was doing the right thing when he moved it from Washington Park.

“I got the flash flood warning the other day. I was in the park and that’s where I had the car. I said let’s move it to the street where it’s safe. That didn’t work out, so here we are.”

Pierre is feeling bad about the sinkhole that swallowed his car. He says he hasn’t heard much from the city and watched the events unfold like many did on TV.

“Like even with the car, I didn’t know it was towed out, until I saw it on the news this morning.”

Pierre says he has notified his insurance, but isn’t sweating the small stuff as he waits for a response.

A boil water notice has been issued for residents along Madison Avenue from South Lake Avenue to Quail Street, Hudson Avenue from South Lake Avenue from Madison Avenue to Hudson.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food.

At around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, officials say the water system lost pressure due to the water main break. Officials say when water mains lose pressure, it increases the chance that untreated water and harmful microbes can enter the water.

Crews expect to work for the next 10 days on repairing the water main break and sink hole.

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