ITHACA, N.Y. – The 300 block of North Albany Street, between West Court Street and West Buffalo Street, is closed to through traffic while crews work to repair a water main break.

Drivers are asked to seek alternate routes.

The water main break was reported around 3:15 p.m. Thursday. Repair work may continue throughout the evening.

Residents in the area may experience low or no water pressure. Once the main is repaired, water may be discolored. When pressure is restored, residents are encouraged to run the cold water tap in their bathtub until water runs clear.

The city warns against running hot water before flushing pipes with cold water. Running hot water might draw sediment into hot water heaters.

The Water and Sewer Division can be reached at (607) 272-1717 until 3:30 pm. The emergency after-hours phone number is (607) 273-4680.

Devon Magliozzi

Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at or 607-391-0328.