By Jennifer Lilonsky ( | First Posted: Feb 01, 2013 03:10 PM EST

"Huge #watermainbreak outside my office on fifth ave," Hodin tweeted at 10:47 a.m. Friday.
(Photo : Twitter / Jamie Hodin)

A water main break sent a flood of water through the Flatiron District in New York City Friday morning.

The water gushed down through grates and into a subway station below from a 36-inch main that broke in the middle of the street at 23rd and Broadway around 10:45 a.m., according to DEP spokeswoman Mercedes Padilla.

The break sent about three feet of water into the 23rd street subway station, causing interruptions on the N and Q lines between DeKalb Avenue station and 57th street-7th Avenue station going in both directions. The flood also interrupted R trains between Queens Plaza station and the Whitehall Street station in both directions.

R trains are currently running on the F line between the 36th Street station in Queens and the 34th Street-Herald Square station, and then run on the D line in both directions between 34th Street-Herald Square station and DeKalb Avenue station, according to the MTA.

The MTA cautions that subway riders allow for extra time because of the service changes to the N, Q and R trains--a line that was recently worked on through the MTA's "FASTRACK" maintenance program.

The N,Q and R line that runs for more than seven miles was shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. in both directions to perform maintenance through Manhattan and was scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. this morning, according to the MTA's website.

"With all train service suspended on a subway corridor on four consecutive nights for continuous hours, maintenance workers have an opportunity to perform numerous jobs on or near the tracks without having to stop work every few minutes while a train moves through the area," the MTA said.

"This is a safer and more efficient way to repair and clean North America's largest transportation system. Like New York City, the subway never sleeps."

The MTA reports that the maintenance program has been successful in reducing the number of track fires by 50 percent and train delays by 4.4 percent.


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