According to NorthJersey.com on August 8th:
Although Anderson Avenue has reopened, resentment remains among businesses along this borough’s main commercial strip for the problems a burst water main caused them this week.
The main was damaged by the shifting weight of a construction crane at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday. As a result, 200 residents and businesses were temporarily without water, and 36,000 in Cliffside Park, Englewood Cliffs and Fort Lee had low water pressure. Water service and pressure were fully restored by Thursday afternoon, and a boil-water advisory was lifted for all but 25 Cliffside Park residents Friday.
The burst main also flooded some Anderson Avenue stores, ruining inventory and forcing some to close for several days.
“This is our first day open in three days,” said Greg Lentini, manager of DonnaGio’s, a pizza place directly across from the construction site and the now-repaired water main. From his store can be seen a patch of smooth black asphalt covering what was, a few days ago, a gushing mix of mud and sand.
The restaurant had eight inches of water in the basement and two inches on the ground floor, Lentini said. Because the ground is so saturated, water is still coming in, he added.
State, federal and local authorities are investigating what led to the 600,000-pound crane being placed in the road, said Bergen County Executive James Tedesco, who provided regular updates about the incident.
The crane is in use at the Cliffside Park Towne Centre construction site, which when finished will be a 3.3-acre complex with a 277-unit luxury apartment building, 50,000 square feet of retail and office space and a municipal parking lot.
But the construction, which began in summer 2012, is taking longer than expected. In 2012, the site was estimated to be completed by summer 2014. In an update in March 2014, the developers projected it would be finished by October 2015.
Beyond the foundation, only the lower portion of the steel skeleton of what will eventually be a 13-story building is in place.
“It’s an eyesore,” Lentini said. “It’s a detriment to all the businesses up here.”
Like other business owners, Lentini also bemoaned the loss of parking spaces along the length of the site, along with occasional construction-related road closures.
Next door, Sushi Palace was closed for two and a half days because of the main and the ensuing repairs. Manager Paula Mun couldn’t even get into the restaurant on Wednesday, she said. When she came in Thursday, it was to muddy water and spoiled goods.
Animal Paradise Clinic, a veterinary clinic, suffered damage after a foot of water flooded the basement and ruined bags of pet food and aerosol cans, front desk supervisor Kelvin Sanchez said.
“It took about three days to clear out the water,” Sanchez said.
Many people canceled appointments for lack of easy access to the clinic as well, he added.
Murphy Bed Center was not as hard hit as other places, manager Bernadette Powers said, but water in the basement damaged the store’s water heater. She had to close from Wednesday through Friday because customers had no place to park.
For days, the boom of the crane lay out along Anderson Avenue, preventing any cars from driving along a roughly two-block stretch. The boom was partly disassembled and moved off the road early Friday morning, Bergen County Executive James Tedesco said. The main was repaired and the road was fully reopened around 7 p.m. Friday, he said.
The crane will not be reassembled until a crane assembly plan is given to the borough engineer, Tedesco said.