What appeared to have been two different stories may be one story, Talk of the Sound has learned.
Multiple sources in and out of New Rochelle have told Talk of the Sound that the two water main breaks on Webster Avenue occurred shortly after the New Rochelle Fire Department requested increased water pressure to cope with the five-alarm blaze that torched the United Baptist Church on Main Street in downtown New Rochelle early this morning.
According to these sources, shortly after the New Rochelle Fire Department responded to the church at 1:24 AM, New Rochelle fire officials were experiencing low water pressure. They asked United Water to increase pressure. Within an hour or two, there was flooding in homes along Webster Avenue. According to one resident on Webster Avenue near Lakeview Road, New Rochelle police informed him at 4:38 AM that water was pouring into his driveway and garage.
Several hours later, fire officials on scene at the United Baptist Church fire estimated they had poured over 3.5 mm gallons of water on the building which they fought from the outside due to collapsed floors within the building. That figure has since gone higher.
Talk of the Sound has asked United Water and the City of New Rochelle for comment but has yet to received a reply.