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The broken water main has been fixed and work crews are cleaning up the mess downtown overnight.
Atlantic Cities has a report on our flood (via Taras Grescoe on Twitter). CBC on the cleanup.
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I just got an email that my kid’s school (on University) is closed today. Any word on anything else being closed downtown?
What will the media talk about tomorrow though?
Apparently they fixed the 48″ pipe problem, but another 54″ pipe burst at 8 this morning. The Gazette has something about it right now.
McGill and the city of Montreal are denying these claims, however. (http://publications.mcgill.ca/reporter/category/blog/)
Totally off-topic, and I apologise, but Ian, if you read this, can you shoot me an email? Need to ask about FACE. Thanks.
Back on topic: I work on University and Peel. The sirens were crazy last night, but I don’t hear any this morning, so I’m thinking the new claim *might* be a hoax.
I was about to post the Gazette story about the second leak but I see I’ve been scooped on my own blog! Thanks for the McGill link, Philip – I don’t think I would’ve found that one.
@Michel – I’ve linked my website with this response, you can see my contact info there. I’d rather not sign up for a web service just to email you. ;)
Walking along St. Catherine this morning past the area of last night’s flood I was amazed that it looks like nothing happened. I’m sure if I looked in basements and garages I might not say the same, but at street level things looked fine. That interim mayor must be working hard to clean up the city!
CBC has a fairly definitive story up, seems we’re getting some real answers finally – :City spokesman Jacques-Alain Lavallée said it’s still not clear if the aging, 120-centimetre pipe was ruptured by workers in the construction zone where the water main was located, near Pine Avenue near Peel Street.
The water main is 88 years years old, according to Lavallée.” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2013/01/29/montreal-downtown-flood-update.html
How thrilling that the city plans to dig up the area to determine whether the main burst because of the workers or simply due to age. Here’s a wild guess: an 88 year old main should probably be replaced, so let’s just get on it and not waste time poking around.
Ian, the question of why the mains broke is critical. Hundreds of millions of dollars of damage has been done, and the question of who will pay for it will be determined by the investigation. I sincerely hope it wasn’t age, because that would imply city negligence, and then everyone in the city could suffer.
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