A broken water main in New York turns the Upper West Side into a lake

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/01/13/a-broken-water-main-in-new-yor.html

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Is there by any chance a hard freeze coming soon?

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That’s not a flood. THIS is a flood. What happened in NY is God decided to wash the streets.
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For whatever reason, I just imagined a New York cabbie / Venice Gondolier mash-up; cigarette dangling from the corner of a sneer, straw boater with a NY Yankees blue ribbon, furiously poling his way up the Upper West Side and belting out Sinatra tunes and ignoring any signals for a ride.

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According to the historical data and forecasts on weather.gov, this past weekend it was in the upper 60’s F in New York City and the lows for NYC don’t drop below freezing until Thursday night.

I expect / hope they’ll have the water removed before the Upper West Side turns into a skating rink.

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Yep, it was fun getting to work today!

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Ah, well. Warmer than here in New Mexico, then.

The idea of ice skating in the streets (as in Ottowa) is off for another year.

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Those temperatures didn’t keep it from snowing in D.C. yesterday.

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“Hey, I’m wading here! I’m wading here!”

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Wow, that main break must have been huge, that is an incredible amount of water to be coming from one pipe.

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Sure, but with more than 8.6 million people in the city that never sleeps, my guess is it ends up being a pretty big mess to untangle.

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I saw a picture of this on Twitter and assumed it was (yet another) flood caused by global-warming-supercharged rain. I guess it being from a broken water main is… better?

“What do you do with that vibranium in Wakanda, build weapons?”
“Water and sewer pipes mainly. That infrastructure is never going to rot!”*

 * but they will have some damned interesting water hammer problems!

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It’s a little early relative to the book, but okay.

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Do you figure they stock that thing?

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Interesting. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to look where my copy of Catcher in the rye is.

A preview of things to come. The island of Manhattan is sinking, and with ocean level rise, the whole thing might turn into Venice eventually.

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Well, I guess that will be good, since by then Venice will already be underwater… /s

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