ELIZABETH, New Jersey (WABC) --Crews responded to a series of water main breaks early Tuesday morning that caused traffic disruptions in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
A spokesperson for New Jersey American Water says there were 7 or 8 breaks, all in the same area, starting just after 4:30 a.m.
All the breaks were relatively small, but water workers were trying to figure out why all the mains broke at around the same time.
One main broke along Routes 1 & 9, sending water flowing down the shoulder. Two northbound lanes were closed near Olive Street for workers.
The other breaks included --
-- a 12 inch main at Dowd Avenue and York Street
-- a small break at Ursino Place
-- Division and Trumbull streets
-- Cross Avenue
-- Spring Street
-- Erie Street
-- Magie near Crawford
NJ American Water spokesperson Peter Eschbach said the greatest impact is on Spring Street, where there are 3 breaks next to each other.
The company hopes to have repairs made by the afternoon rush hour.