Water mains break

ELIZABETH — Cold weather caused a number of water main breaks across the New Jersey area.

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. United Water crews were also seen repairing major leaks in Rahway.

“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.

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