WINNIPEG – A major water main break at Canada’s most famous intersection caused all kinds of problems in downtown Winnipeg.
Thursday morning’s break blocked off the southbound lanes at Portage Ave. and Main St. for a few hours, but crews managed to get the lanes opened before the afternoon rush.
It flooded a good section of the street by the Scotiabank and water seeped into some stores in the Shops of Winnipeg Square.
The exact cause of the break is under investigation.
“The water main here is about 109 years old, it was installed in 1908,” said Tim Shanks, the city’s manager of water services. “It was a break on a section that doesn’t have any customer connections, so we were able to isolate the water main break without putting anyone out of water.”
Shanks said the water quality has not been affected, but some business may experience brown water for a short period.
“A lot of the factors that can influence water main breaks: the condition of the material of the pipe corrodes over time, the soil conditions can put stress on infrastructure and break the pipe,” Shanks explained.
It’s not known how much repairs will cost.
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The water main break on Portage and Nain has even leaked into the tunnels below . pic.twitter.com/ggRBUwpnn9— Global Winnipeg (@globalwinnipeg) April 20, 2017