YONKERS, N.Y. – Bottled water was at the top of many Yonkers residents shopping lists Tuesday, nearly 24 hours after a major water main break in the city.
Many Wendover Road residents, who live just blocks away from the spot of Monday’s break, said they are seeing brown, murky water coming out of their faucets. Others, however, still don’t have any water all.
“We’re hanging in there,” Nancy Medina said as she headed to the store.
Medina said she stayed home from work Tuesday because she had no water to shower with. While her water was eventually restored, Medina said it remains undrinkable. Neighbors said they were experiencing similar problems.
“You never realize how much you use water until you don’t have it anymore,” Francis Ramos said.
Nearly 24 hours after Monday’s water main break, nearly 50,000 are still with limited or no water service. A boil-water advisory remains in effect for southwest Yonkers and city officials have set up water distribution centers around the city. Crews have also handed out cases of bottled water to 17 different senior citizen and nursing homes to help residents cope.
Wendover Road resident Shelia Tansey said her family has had to improvise as they were still without water Tuesday afternoon.
Her son went to a friend’s house to shower Tuesday morning after soccer practice and Tansey said she went to the grocery store to buy four cases of bottled water and half a dozen gallons of spring water.
“It’s very frustrating,” she said. “But there’s not much you can do right now. We just have to wait and see what happens.”
As of early Tuesday afternoon, city crews continued work on the 30-inch water main, attempting to repair the damage. Mayor Mike Spano has called a press conference for 3:30 p.m. in which he will give an update on the conditions.
Check back with the Yonkers Daily Voice for updates.