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BURST WATER MAIN FLOODS N.Y. STREETS

A ruptured water main on the Upper East Side hasn't yet been fully repaired, but a major Manhattan travel route was expected to be partly reopened today.

The 105-year-old 48-inch main buried beneath the intersection of 93rd Street and Second Avenue burst open at 4 a.m. Wednesday, sending thousands of gallons of water into the streets.

The flooding happened on one of the city's busier streets, just blocks away from access roads to the FDR Drive, and forced the closing of five streets between First and Third avenues for much of the day. The streets were expected to be reopened today.

The break also caused an overtaxed city water treatment plant to discharge sewage into the East River.

Water service had been restored by Wednesday evening, but crews worked into the night digging out the 11-foot section of broken pipe. Reconstruction of the road, which buckled and caved in from the break, wasn't expected until Friday.

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