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Boil water advisory still in effect for some Ellis Nursing Home residents following water line break

Carver Companies workers install a new water main behind Ellis Medicine at 400 McClellan St. on Thursday.
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Carver Companies workers install a new water main behind Ellis Medicine at 400 McClellan St. on Thursday.

SCHENECTADY — A boil water advisory remained in effect for some residents at Ellis Nursing Home Thursday following a water line break that flooded around half a dozen residences along Central Parkway, causing thousands of dollars in flood damages early Wednesday.  

The break occurred shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday, and opened a sinkhole that swallowed a car at the rear of the medical campus. City firefighters rescued the driver, who did not sustain any injuries.

A repair was made around 12 hours later, at 4:30 p.m., though clean up work continues, according to Philip Schwartz, a hospital spokesman.

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No city residents experienced disruptions to their water service as a result of the break, and Schwartz described any disruptions to the campus as “limited.”

The advisory that remains affects some in the South Wing of the campus, which impacts some residents at the Ellis Nursing Home. Bottled water has been distributed as the hospital awaits results from Department of Health testing needed to lift the advisory. The advisory has had limited disruptions on patient care, Schwartz said.

Flooding caused by the break forced some residents from their Central Parkway homes Wednesday and impacted a National Grid substation along McClellan Street.

Around half a dozen properties were impacted, including several that experienced flooding in their basement, prompting concerns about how the damages will be paid for.

Schwartz said Ellis is in the process of meeting with city officials and insurance companies to chart a path forward. The situation, he said, is still developing.

“We are working with city officials, our insurance carriers and the insurance carriers of the affected homeowners as the situation evolves,” he said in an email.

Contact reporter Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold. 

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