Water mains break in several NJ communities

Toni Yates reports from Elizabeth.
January 7, 2014 3:35:25 PM PST
The cold weather has caused a number of water main breaks across the area, particularly in New Jersey.

At least half-dozen communities in the northeastern part of the state reported broken mains on Tuesday.

The largest was in Elizabeth where water flowed onto the streets and school children were relocated.

"This time of year is what we call main break season. The air gets cold. The water gets cold," Peter Eschbach of American Water said.

Fixing a water main break in this brutal cold is not easy to do. Some residents reported low water pressure. Others had no water at all.

"It's been tough. We don't have any water. We can't even take showers. It's been like this all day. I don't know when it's going to be fixed, but I hope soon," one resident told us.

Because of the break, students at several nearby schools were bused to other schools for the day. Those displaced were taken back to their own schools at the end of the day for their ride home.

Repair crews expected to be on the scene in Elizabeth through the evening, and maybe beyond.