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Water Main Break Leads To Street Closures In Downtown Montreal

Despite major investment in roads, bridges, and sidewalks in recent years, Montreal's infrastructure is still woefully outdated.

That, unfortunately includes its water pipes, which are under particular stress in the winter months. Because water expands when it freezes, pipes often burst when the temperatures plummet.

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TL;DR A water main break downtown has led to the closure of rue St-Hubert between blvd. René-Lévesque and ave. Viger. More updates to come.

Such appears to be the case today in downtown Montreal, where a water main break has forced officials to close rue St-Hubert between blvd. René-Lévesque and ave. Viger, according to TVA.

Impressionnante fuite d'eau à Montréal

January 7, 2019

There is no confirmation yet about the cause of the break, but freezing temperatures are the likely culprit.

Those temperatures may also result in icy road conditions around the break, where water is pouring into the street.

The pictures from TVA are pretty impressive. Water shoots a meter from the ground.

This flood is thankfully nowhere near the scale of those after other breaks in Montreal in recent years. 

In November, construction crews accidentally broke a water pipe by the Atwater Market. The Atwater Tunnel flooded as a result, trapping cars under icy water.

Then, of course, there is the now-famous incident of the broken reservoir above McGill University campus. Tons of water poured through downtown after an accident broke the reservoir walls. 

One student who was swept away after attempting to cross the flood has become the subject of campus lore. "Flood Girl" has even inspired anniversary parties at the campus bar.

There are no updates yet from either the SPVM nor the Montreal fire department about the current water main break.

We will update this article with new information as it becomes available.

Stay tuned.


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