February 20, 2015 11:18 am
Updated: February 20, 2015 7:47 pm

Water main break in NDG affects Montreal commuters

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MONTREAL — Montreal commuters faced service interruptions, travel delays and replacement buses after a water main break in NDG Friday morning.

The incident took place close to a railway line, causing flooding and ice to form on the tracks, and later, service delays for commuter trains heading into the city.

A water main break in NDG caused AMT train interruptions and delays on February 20, 2015.

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What happened?

A 20-cm water main pipe burst early Friday morning, near Belgrave Avenue and De Maisonneuve Boulevard.

A car trapped in the ice after a water main break in NDG on February 20, 2015.

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People that Global News spoke with who live along Belgrave Avenue said they saw a “river” flowing down their street around 4 a.m.

City workers were busy cleaning up after a water main break in NDG on February 20, 2015.

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Train lines affected

With ice forming on the railway tracks, Montreal commuter trains struggled to get to the downtown Montreal train terminal.

Vaudreuil-Hudson, St-Jérôme and Candiac lines were all affected, the same lines that were shut down on Monday due to a CP Rail strike.

READ MORE: CP Rail strike brings commuter chaos to Montreal

The AMT planned for replacement shuttle buses to be available at the Vendome metro station, however, it didn’t have enough to meet demand.

A water main break in NDG caused AMT train interruptions and delays on February 20, 2015.

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To help bring NDG and Montreal West commuters downtown, the STM increased the number of 105 buses, which run the length of Sherbrooke Street West between Montreal West and the Vendome metro station.

After the commuting chaos

City workers and residents were out in force trying to clear the streets and chip out parked vehicles trapped in the ice.

NDG residents were chipping their cars out of the ice after a water main break on February 20, 2015.

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