PEEKSKILL – A major water main break occurred in the city Monday morning, the Peekskill Office of Emergency Management said on Facebook.
As of mid-afternoon, the city OEM said the water department continued to finalize repairs of the break, on South Street, “and most of the water pressure should be close to normalized by now.”
Water may be discolored for a time, the OEM said. Residents were urged to run cold water for 5 to 10 minutes to flush the lines of residual sediments. “In addition you may consider unscrewing and rinsing the trap screens on your faucets and shower heads as they will also trap any larger sediments that entered the system,” OEM said.
Earlier in the day, the city said the large water main break caused low pressure and loss of pressure “for a major part of the city.”
A water main break reported at some point along Lower South Street affected Peekskill Monday morning. (Photo: Michael P. McKinney/The Journal News)
The Peekskill Professional Firefighters Local 2343 said on Facebook Monday morningthat “most residents are reporting either low water pressure or no water service at all. While this is a major inconvenience, no water presents a significant problem as this also affects the supply for our fire hydrant system.”
Temperatures were relatively mild on Labor Day, with temperatures in the 70s and perhaps hitting the low 80s.
The firefighters union said mutual aid water tankers were on standby from neighboring fire departments and ready if there were a fire.
Michael McKinney covers northern Westchester. Follow him on Twitter @mikemckwrite. Visit offers.lohud.com to sign up for a subscription.
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