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Gramercy Water Main Break Still Causing Problems

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A Manhattan block remains closed as workers repair a water main that broke over the weekend.

The 100-year-old, three foot wide line burst Saturday night, leaving behind a gaping hole on 26th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues in Gramercy.

"It's huge. It's like an archaeological dig or something," said one passerby.

Crews were still pumping water out of a Baruch College building Monday morning.

One worker said 10 feet of water filled the basement.

The Department of Environmental Protection says basements were flooded and electrical power was cut to some locations near the break.

Those affected in the neighborhood say they're hoping the mess will be cleaned up soon.

"Our entire prep area is in the basement, so by the time they realized what's going on, and everybody ran down, literally the water was coming every foot at the time close to six feet. Right away we had to close the place," said Mathaiah Ramaiah, a business owner.

"When I came here I open the gate, and I get in and I saw the water, and the mud and the rock downstairs in the basement, so I planned to open up this morning and we couldn't open because of that," said Nek Shabanaj of Gramercy Park Pizza.

Crews were already at the site to investigate a report of a leak when the break happened.

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