Storm drain rupture closes Hempstead street

A section of North Franklin Street between Atlantic

A section of North Franklin Street between Atlantic Avenue and West Columbia Street -- a main traffic artery in Hempstead -- is blocked so work can continue on a broken storm drain. The drain ruptured around midnight Saturday, and it is expected the work will continue into Monday night. (Dec. 15, 2013) Photo Credit: Lou Minutoli

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A segment of a major thoroughfare in Hempstead Village, North Franklin Street, is expected to be closed to traffic into Monday night, police said after a storm drain ruptured.

The restricted area runs from Atlantic Avenue on the north and West Columbia Street on the south, Hempstead Police Department Lt. Francis McNamee said.

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McNamee said the storm drain broke about midnight Saturday and that a repair crew has been working on the site.

The break came during a winter storm that brought snow across the Island all day Saturday and ultimately turned to rain.

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