NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A water main break has shut down George Street and turned ​downtown ​New Brunswick into a parking lot, just at the dawn of morning rush hour.

The 16-inch water main break on George Street shut down the road between Church and Paterson Street, according to city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw.

Water utility staff have been on scene since the early morning to isolate and repair the break, Bradshaw added. A timetable of the repairs and road reopening is currently unavailable. 

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Water gushed out of the fissure at the corner of Church and George ​street​s​, and flowed down Church Street, turning into a frozen mess.

The water dumped out onto Neilson Street, closing down portions of that road as well. 

With the two major thoroughfares closed, traffic getting into New Brunswick was  turned to a standstill.

Several businesses, offices and residents in the immediate area experienced low pressure that morning, Bradshaw said, but a boil water advisory hadn't gone into effect, 


Editor Daniel J. Munoz,