Updated 2:08 p.m.
YONKERS, N. Y. – City and state officials have set up water-distribution centers around southwest Yonkers, hoping to accommodate some 50,000 residents who have been left with limited or no water service after a Monday afternoon water main break.
With repairs not expected until at least this evening, Yonkers officials, with the aid of the New York State Office of Emergency Management, opened five distribution centers around parts of the city early Tuesday morning.
Water is available at the following locations:
- Riverdale Avenue and Prospect Street
- Third Police Precinct (435 Riverdale Ave.)
- Broadway and McLean Avenue
- Lefferts Road and Travers Avenue
- School 13 (195 McLean Ave.)
Residents are being asked to bring their own water containers and will be limited to one gallon of water. In addition, a boil-water advisory issued Monday evening by the Westchester County Health Department remains in effect until further notice.
Residents and businesses in the area south of Ashburton Avenue to the New York City line between the Hudson River and the Saw Mill River Parkway are advised to boil their water before drinking it or using it to prepare food, as a precaution, due to the water main break.
On Monday, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announced the city has also begun to distribute bottled water to 17 different senior citizen and nursing homes around southwest Yonkers.
The city has also set up a help line for residents at 914-377-HELP.
On Monday, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said a private contractor accidentally broke a 30-inch water main that borders the Saw Mill River Parkway, near Wendover Road, while installing fiber-optic cables around 12:30 p.m. On Monday night, the mayor said it was expected to take 24-48 hours to fix the break.
Meanwhile, traffic is still being affected on the Saw Mill River Parkway, southbound from Rumsey Road and the Cross County Parkway west of the New York State Thruway. Commuters and residents are urged to avoid that area and its side roads until the water break is repaired.