The city announced Sunday that some Manhattan tenants can return home after a steam pipe explosion a few days earlier.
WHICH STREETS HAVE BEEN REOPENED?
- 19th St. from 6th Ave. to Broadway
- 20th St. is partially open to pedestrians from 5th Ave. to 6th Ave.
- 22nd St. is open from 6th Ave. to Broadway
- The west side of 5th Ave., from 22nd St. to 23rd St., is open to pedestrians.
Officials said 5th Ave. from 19th St. to 22nd St. remains closed to pedestrians out of an "abundance of caution."
BUILDINGS DECLARED SAFE FOR TENANTS TO RETURN
The city said five Flatiron District buildings have been declared safe, along with the air and debris:
- 11 West 19th St.
- 17 West 19th St.
- 10 West 20th St.
- 16 West 20th St.
- 7 East 20th St.
- 19 West 21st St.
- 119 5th Ave.
- 9 West 20th St.
For more information on updates on the area affected by the steam pipe explosion, visit nyc.gov or call 311.
RAIN IMPACTS CLEANUP EFFORTS
The rainfall in New York City on Saturday night may have actually helped wash toxins off buildings in Manhattan following a steam pipe explosion earlier this week — although officials said the challenge would be to contain the materials.
Con Edison had private contractors in the area, power-washing asbestos off dozens of buildings near the site of the rupture in the Flatiron District.
Saturday's rain was expected to wash the debris off the buildings near the explosion site. Crews were working to catch the debris that washes off the buildings and streets using berms or embankments.
"In a way, it is going to help. It will wash those buildings down that have asbestos on it now," said Joseph Esposito, commissioner of NYC Emergency Management. "The problem is catching that debris and making it safe."
Crews said the next step was to vacuum up all the washed off contaminants.
HUNDREDS DISPLACED BY THE EXPLOSION
More than a dozen people were injured due to the steam pipe burst early Thursday morning.
It happened just before 7 a.m. on Fifth Ave. near 21st St.
More than 40 buildings were evacuated, displacing more than 400 people.
There were no major injuries.
Officials have not confirmed what caused the explosion.