Major Hoboken Water Main Break Floods Southwestern Corner of Town

Major Hoboken Water Main Break Floods Southwestern Corner of Town

ABOVE: City of Hoboken Photo

LAST UPDATED—9:30 a.m., August 21

No, it’s not raining… but that doesn’t stop the streets of Hoboken from flooding during an evening rush hour.

A “major” water main break on Observer Highway & Jefferson Street has a good chunk of SW Hoboken under water and closed to traffic, while nearby residents are currently without water. Repairs are underway, but speculation on the extent and schedule of those repairs has officials anxious.

Currently, Observer Highway—a key artery along the southern edge of Hoboken—is closed between Adams and Madison Streets.

Mayor Ravi Bhalla and Hoboken Police Officers on the scene of a major water main break – City of Hoboken Photo

SUEZ Water has been conducting an underground water installation project in this area over a number of weeks, with seemingly no timeline for completion. The traffic had been severe on weekends, requiring NJ State Police support. Residents are now facing similar issues right in the heart of the evening rush.


According to SUEZ Water:

SUEZ is onsite responding to a 12-inch water main break affecting 50 families in one building on Newark St at Jefferson St. We are mobilizing crews to the scene to begin repairs.

SUEZ appreciates the patience of the City residents as we respond to the scene and make these critical repairs.  More information will be provided as it becomes available.

The Mayor has reported that some residents may see water return within 6-8 hours:

9:30 a.m. August 21:
The City now says repairs will last until approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Seemingly SUEZ had to dig other holes to get around three other water mains in the effort to reach and repair the ruptured main.

9:35 a.m. August 21:
Repairs will continue indefinitely—residents will see water around 3 p.m.

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City of Hoboken photo


Authored by: hMAG