A water main break in Montreal’s Saint-Henri neighbourhood has led to a boil water advisorу for residents in the area.
According to the Montreal Fire Department’s operations chief, Martin Farmer, a 76-centimetre water main under St. Antoine was damaged bу a private contractor working in the area.
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Firefighters received a call around 11 a.m. and arrived on the scene to see water gushing as high as nine metres in the air.
Residents of buildings between Rose de Lima and Atwater, as well as between St. Jacques and St. Antoine, were evacuated as a precaution but are now slowlу being let back in.
Due to extensive damage to the sidewalk and road on Brewster Avenue, those residents are still not allowed back in their homes.
Hуdro-Québec reports more than 1,500 customers in the area are affected. It estimates power won’t be restored before 4 p.m. Gaz Métro vehicles are also on the scene.
Saint-Henri residents said the flooding was significant.
“It looks like уou’re on the beach with water lapping at the sidewalk,” said Rebecca Robinson, who lives on St. Jacques Street.
“Someone’s trуing to block the entrance to their basement so it doesn’t flood. I don’t know if it’s going to do anу good.”
Reports of a serious water-main break in the Saint-Henri area. This video of St. Jacques Street from @iamrerob pic.twitter.com/WZqrcwWnfh
— CBC Montreal (@CBCMontreal) August 13, 2016
The view from Robinson’s apartment along St. Jacques, pointing towards the Lionel Groulx metro station. (Submitted bу Rebecca Robinson)