A large area of Wading River is without water this morning as Riverhead Water District officials scramble to repair a water main break caused by a downed power line early this morning. More than 200 PSEG customers in the area are also without power.
A main on Wading River-Manor Road near Francis Street ruptured early this morning, when a downed power line landed on top of a main cover, arcing on the ground above the main. The electrical charge melted and cracked a plastic main underground.
Homes and businesses in a large area south of the break were affected, left with no water or very low pressure because of the break, Riverhead Water District Superintendent Mark Conklin said in a phone interview this morning.
The water district then had to shut down the water supply so repairs could be made.
It will likely take a minimum of several hours to restore water service. PSEG crews are working to repair the power lines.
The ruptured main created a river flowing down Wading River Manor Road onto North Country Road to the duck ponds. The water flow lifted up the pavement.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience while we deal with this,” Conklin said.
The downed power line was one of many that fell during the storm that hit the area yesterday afternoon into the overnight hours. See prior story.
Editor’s note: Wading River Elementary School did not lost its water supply as a result of this morning’s water main break or repair operations, as originally reported here based on information provided by police.