Water Main Break Affects Hospital in New Haven

By Ari Mason
|  Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014  |  Updated 5:24 PM EDT
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Water Main Break Affects Hospital in New Haven

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A water main break on Chapel Street in New Haven is affecting water service to part of the St. Raphael's campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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Water service to part of the St. Raphael’s campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital and several surrounding buildings was shut off around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after a contractor accidentally damaged a fire service line this afternoon.

The break happened around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on Chapel Street near the intersection with Orchard Street. Police said construction crews were digging in the area.

A contractor working on the Yale-New Haven Hospital sewer line accidentally damaged a water pipe, rupturing the main, according to a spokesperson for the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority.

Water flooded the hospital basement following the break, according to police.

Crews are at the scene making repairs. Fire and water service has been shut off to part of the hospital and a half-dozen buildings across the street from the main.

The shutdown is expected to last 6-8 hours, according to the water company.

An emergency management plan is in effect at the hospital, which will be using bottled water until service is restored.

The New Haven Fire Department has also rigged a temporary line as a precaution in case fire services are required at the hospital during the shutdown.

No homes have been impacted by the shutdown.

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