October 30, 2015 9:37 am
Updated: October 30, 2015 6:44 pm

Water main break causes major flooding in Saint-Michel

WATCH ABOVE: At least 73,000 people in three Montreal boroughs can’t drink their tap water after a water main In Saint-Michel early Friday morning. Major streets were closed, dozens of homes were flooded and at least one school was forced to close for the day. Howard Cohen visited the affected neighbourhoods.


MONTREAL – A major water main rupture on Pie-IX  Boulevard and Villeray Street Friday morning in Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension has led to several road closures.

Police received the call at  4:50 a.m.

Much of the neighbourhood has been flooded including a few residential basements.

Flooding in Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, after a water main break. Friday, Oct. 30, 2015.

Yannick Gadbois

At least 250 homes were evacuated and the Léonard-De Vinci School is closed for the day.

READ MORE: Boil water advisory in effect following water main break in Saint-Michel

Pie-IX Boulevard is closed between Jarry and Jean-Talon streets, while Villeray Street is closed between 17th Avenue and Pie-IX.

Police, firefighters and public work crews were still on location on late Friday morning.

Flooded streets in in Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015.

Yannick Gadbois/Global News

WATCH RAW: Two major streets are closed and several homes were flooded after a break in a water main in Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension Friday morning.

About fifty Qualinet trucks were deployed in the area to help clean and drain basements.

Villeray resident, Donna Herbert, told Global News that this is the second time in eight years that her basement was flooded. She says that water entered through her garage and that fridges, washing machines and golf clubs were destroyed.

She says the quick response of the firefighters was comforting, but hopes that Montreal’s pipe problems will be resolved in the near future.

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