Parts of downtown Glen Cove flooded after water main breaks


At approximately 11 p.m. on June 30, the Glen Cove Water Department received a call about a broken water main at 37 Glen Street. Water had flooded a large section of downtown Glen Cove, and a majority of residents lost water in their homes.

Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos said the water main was about 80 years old, and the break was likely a result of holes and fractures made through decades of wear and tear. It was also a particularly large water main, about 16 inches in width, whereas most of the city’s water mains are six inches wide. She said the department was able to stop the flooding quickly, and most residents who were affected only lost water for about an hour or two. The city also contacted Locust Valley officials to ask for a temporary supply of water to Glen Cove.

On Monday, workers cut out 10 feet of damaged pipe, which they replaced with 10 feet of new piping. Basdavanos said the work went by smoothly, and the hole that was dug out was quickly filled in after the repairs and the street was reopened for traffic and pedestrians by 8 p.m. that night. She said the street may be repaved in the future, although there is no set date as of yet.

Mayor Tim Tenke issued a public statement about the water main break on Monday morning in which he said that the city’s water has remained safe for human consumption throughout this process.