Ithaca, N.Y. — Ithaca crews continue to work on South Aurora Street, which has been closed since 7 a.m. this morning because of a water main break caused by sub-zero temperatures.

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The Department of Public Works remained on scene replacing the water main, Mayor Svante Myrick said around 1 p.m. Monday.

Traffic on the road is being redirected onto Hudson Street and Coddington Road near Ithaca College. South Aurora Street was slated to reopen Monday afternoon but we don’t have confirmation that crews are set to complete their work in time.

Added Mayor Myrick on Facebook:

In -30 degree weather our Department of Public Works has been working diligently to find the break, replace the main, and clear the road.

They are still working to fill the hole and clear the street and sidewalk.

Thanks for your patience during the disruption.

A huge thank you to the men and women working in impossible conditions to repair the break.

We’ll add updates about the road when we get them. The city has said that 200,000 gallons of water were lost Sunday, causing flooded basements for some homes.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.