By Kevin Deutsch
A catastrophic water main break in the Bronx left drivers trapped in their cars as water flooded the Cross Bronx Expressway Thursday—the latest emergency caused by the borough’s crumbling infrastructure.
Rescuers saved at least eight people from their vehicles as water levels rose on the highway shortly before 3:30 a.m., city authorities said. Nearby, on Jerome Avenue near East 175th Street, the water main break caused a 30-foot wide hole to open in the street, flooding the neighborhood and its roadways.
No serious injuries were reported, and the amount of property damage—destroyed cars, flooded businesses, ruined property—won’t be know for some time, local authorities said.