This morning, a water main broke on the boulevard de L'Acadie, which has since been closed due to flooding.
TL;DR Due to a break in the water main, L'Acadie Boulevard is closed until further notice between Jean-Talon Street and Jarry Street, and between Jean-Talon Street and Ogilvy Avenue.
The boulevard is closed southbound between between Jean-Talon Street and Jarry Street, and northbound between Jean-Talon Street and Ogilvy Avenue.
Police are urging motorists and pedestrians to avoid the area.
Water breakdown. Avoid the area. Acadie blvd closed between Jarry and Jean-Talon in south direction and also closed in north direction between Jean-Talon and Ovilgy. ^RM— Police Montréal (@SPVM) February 1, 2019
This video shows the extent of the flooding. Let's hope that this leak stops before the water freezes and turns the boulevard into an ice rink.
Le boulevard l'Acadie sous les eaux cause des problèmes de circulation... pic.twitter.com/s4NgpQ4hBl— Marie-Anne Lapierre (@lapierma) February 1, 2019
Montreal's water mains have been deteriorating for years. Some neighborhoods, notably the Plateau, Montreal-North and Pierrefonds-Roxboro, experience way more breaks than others.
The city has stated in the past that around 13 per cent of the city's 3,600 km of pipes are in urgent need of repair or replacement. CBC reports that Montreal's pipes are, on average, older than any other large Canadian city.
Some work has been done in the way of preventative measures, but incidents like this prove that the city is still far from done repairing its crumbling infrastructure.