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[UPDATE] Yonkers Water Main Break Means Water Boiling Alert

Traffic has been shut down on the Saw Mill River Parkway south of Rumsy Rd. near where a water main has flooded the roadway according to Westchester County Police.

Traffic Advisory:

The southbound State Highway 100 ramp to the westbound Cross County Parkway will be closed for one day due to the water main break in Yonkers.

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From the Westchester County Department of Health: 

A boil water advisory has been issued by the Westchester County Department of Health for southwest Yonkers and will remain in effect through tomorrow and until further notice. From 50,000 to 70,000 people are in the affected area.

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 strongly advised to boil their water before drinking it or using it to prepare food, as a precaution, due to a major water main break in Yonkers this afternoon.

A boil water advisory means that residents in the affected area are strongly advised to boil all tap water at a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute prior to drinking it or using it to prepare food, wash dishes by hand or brush teeth. The advisory does not extend to bathing, washing clothes or using a dishwasher.

Restaurants, delis, bodegas and all food service establishments in the affected area must boil water before serving it or using it to prepare food.

The boil water advisory is being issued as a precaution to protect from potential contamination caused by ground water infiltration into water mains as a result of the reduction in water main pressure caused by the break.

The break occurred when a state contractor working on the Saw Mill River Parkway accidentally broke through a 30-inch City of Yonkers water main that runs under the Saw Mill River Parkway near the McLean Avenue exit in Yonkers.

Updates on the repairs will be provided by the City of Yonkers as they become available.

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An estimated 50,000 residents in the southwestern portion of Yonkers are experiencing little or no water pressure due to a water main break that occurred around 12:30 p.m. Monday near McLean Avenue according to Yonkers City officials.

The New York Department of Transportation announced that the Bronx River Parkway’s westbound ramps to the Cross County Parkway will be closed until 8 p.m. as well as closures on the Saw Mill River Parkway South and Cross County Parkway West.

The Yonkers Fire Department has also issued a mutual aid request in Westchester County for all volunteer fire departments to send water tankers to the site and surrounding areas to assist with the water-pressure loss.

Mrmikeknows August 27, 2012 at 10:32 PM
So. West Yonkers has turned into the Ghetto of what was once a beautiful city. Long long ago. Was born there so I can speak the truth about the quarter of a city [S. West] that was turned into a ghetto by politicians taking the welfare people from virtually all the other beautiful towns in Westchester. Dumping them in S. West Yankers. Of course the corrupt politicians over the past 30 years took kickbacks for every single person that brought down a section of close to 50, 000 people. Saw the writing on the wall, tried to tell those to get out decades ago, now they live in a section which is nothing more than a third world country. They all asked, "how did you know"? Replied " I Live and I Breath". I Live and I Breath...
Rich poor August 27, 2012 at 11:05 PM
South yonkers is getting good again. The ghetto people think that it's for their benefit! None of them realize that they are getting pushed to mount Vernon or to the bronx. Back to the ghetto you go. Don't pass go, do not collect $100 dollars. Sorry!
Kathy August 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Boil advisory would indicate that we have some water coming through the pipes...but there is none here. I am in Rumsey Rd area...which is S/W Yonkers...and for the info of previous posters, this is NOT a ghetto!
Josh Semendoff August 28, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Obviously there are some high crime areas of the city but I do disagree with the "ghetto" comment. Yonkers has and still is a very proud city with much to offer.
jeff meyer August 28, 2012 at 03:04 AM
When anonymous bloggers use the terms "ghetto people" and "welfare people" to describe others I just tune them out. They are not to be and should not be taken seriously. Jeff Meyer Tuckahoe,NY

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