Shopppers making last minute Valentine’s Day purchases were turned away at three Route 58 stores on Sunday after burst pipes caused flooding which quickly turned to sheets of ice.
Water could be seen trickling out of the front doors of both the Aldi supermarket and the HomeGoods store about 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning, after frigid temps caused pipes at those stores to rupture. The water instantly froze, causing a slippery scene outside the entryways.
The Staples store adjacent to HomeGoods was also closed due to flooding due to a burst pipe in the wall, officials said.
Costco reporting flooding at its Route 58 store about 1:30 p.m., but a store employee said the store remained open.
A HomeGoods employee said the store is not expected to reopen today. An Aldi representative said that store would remain closed for at least a few hours. It is not clear when Staples will reopen.
No injuries were reported.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory as Arctic temperatures with a wind chill of up to below 24 degrees are predicated for today.
“With bitterly cold temperatures expected to continue through the long weekend, New Yorkers should remain alert and avoid all unnecessary travel,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement Sunday morning. “The state continues to monitor the situation closely and provide assistance to communities in need. As this weather poses an acute health risk to children and the elderly, I urge New Yorkers to exercise caution, remain indoors, and above all – stay safe.”
TOP PHOTO: Aldi employees lay down salt after a burst pipe caused flooding at the Route 58 store on Sunday. (Credit: Grant Parpan)