High-pressure steam leak disrupts East Side traffic in Manhattan

ByEyewitness News via WABC logo
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
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Derick Waller provides an update on the steam leak on the East Side that disrupted traffic and residents Tuesday morning.

EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- A high-pressure steam leak has disrupted traffic for part of Tuesday morning on the East Side of Manhattan.

An apparent valve failure caused the high-pressure steam leak, at First Avenue and East 36th Street.

The steam leak closed First Avenue through the low 30s, but it reopened around 8 a.m.

"We just had the UN," resident Louie Mingione said. "There's always something, and so now I want to be able to walk around like a normal person."

There were no air quality issues, and no one was injured.

Con Edison said they isolated the section of the pipe that failed and stopped the steam.

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