Major water main break blamed on cold temps and aging infrastructure

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COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Residents in Cohoes might have noticed a change in water pressure Sunday night due to a water main break at the corner of Vliet Street and Francis Street in Cohoes.

The break was patched up overnight and is being blamed on freezing temperatures and aging infrastructure.

Monday morning, the section around the break was blocked off with cones. Crews are expected back at the site Monday morning to double check that everything is running smoothly once again.

This latest water main break is another example of why lawmakers at both the state and federal level have been pushing for more funding to replace the aging infrastructure.

New York State Assemblyman John McDonald, a Cohoes native, said just last week at the start of the 2017 legislative session that addressing infrastructure needed to be a top priority this year.

Governor Cuomo is expected to lay out his plans to address infrastructure in his State of the State tour, which kicks off on Monday.

Drivers are asked to seek alternate routes due to the hazardous road conditions. People around this area will experience little to no water pressure during this period.

Some discoloration in the water is expected so washing of laundry is not recommended during and immediately following the repair as discoloration of light-colored laundry may happen.

Cohoes is currently NOT under a boil water advisory.

News10 will continue to bring you the latest details on this issue.

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