Water Main Break Floods Putnam Avenue

News 12 - October 05, 2019

The FDNY responded to a water main break at 953 Putnam Ave. that led to major flooding in Brooklyn on Friday.

The FDNY said the call came in around 1:53 p.m.

The flooding happened at the intersection of Howard and Putnam avenues. The sewer on the next corner captured most of the water and contained the flood to just one block.

FDNY Deputy Fire Chief Michael Grogan told News 12 it was all a result of a ruptured pipe connecting the fire hydrant to the water main.

The flooding caused the sidewalk to collapse in the area. At least two buildings have had their basements flooded from the pipe burst.

Both of the buildings were churches. One of them is located at the corner of where the pipe burst.

News 12 spoke with the pastor who says he hasn't been allowed to survey the damage himself. He told News 12 emergency workers told him his basement was flooded with sewage water.

The First Calvary Baptist Church was also flooded.

There is no official word on why the pipe burst. The block remains closed off to traffic as emergency workers repair the broken pipe.

There is no word on how long it might take.