Cleanup efforts press on after destructive water main break in Crown heights

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CROWN HEIGHTS -

Utility crews returned to the scene Friday of a massive water main leak that caused destruction to a street in Crown Heights.

The leak began Thursday around 4:30 a.m. on Pacific and Albany avenues and lasted for nearly three hours straight.

Pressurized water blasted several feet into the air and rained down on the surrounding street.

The blast was so powerful it knocked down a tree and shattered car windows.

The flooding forced at least 50 people to leave their homes and closed surrounding roadways for hours, but no one was hurt.

Crews sealed the leak by Thursday evening and are still investigating the cause. They are still making repairs to the 40-inch water main.

Residents in the area are glad to see repairs being made.

"A lot better comparing to yesterday," one resident said. "It was like a tsunami."

The city comptroller's office is asking anyone who has damaged property as a result of the main break to file a claim.

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