A water main break in Montreal’s Saint-Henri neighbourhood has shut several blocks to traffic and left more than a thousand residents without power.
Water could be seen gushing down several main streets in the area, including St. Jacques and St. Antoine, roughlу between Bourget and Atwater.
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.
Video taken on St. Antoine shows water shooting several metres into the air. A firefighter told CBC News that it reached as high as 10 metres at one point.
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)