Hoboken water main break causes road collapse; hole swallows SUV
The latest water main break in Hoboken caused a hole so large it nearly swallowed an SUV.
The 12-inch water main broke around 4:40 a.m. near Fifth Street and Willow Avenue.
SUEZ Water crews spent most of the morning draining the water out of the sinkhole so that the water main could be repaired. Neighbors say that they experienced low water pressure throughout the morning due to the break.
Hoboken residents say that they are used to water main breaks in the city, but that it doesn't make them any less inconvenient. There have been three breaks so far in 2017.
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer says that the water infrastructure in the city has been neglected since it was built more than 100 years ago. She says that her administration is putting in the investment to improve the system.
"I understand their concern but I want them to know we're making the investment and we're on the track of making the repairs and making sure we have a more resilient system and that's something I'm committed to," Zimmer says.
The mayor says Hoboken has made a $12 million investment to repair the water system, starting with Washington Street, which she calls a "priority zone." The city is also renegotiating its contract with SUEZ Water.
The roads in the area surrounding the break were closed for a time while crews made repairs.