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Atwater Tunnel reopened after flood

WATCH: The Atwater Tunnel in Montreal has flooded after a pipe burst.

Note: A previous version of this story stated that natural gas company Énergir had workers in the area. This was not the case.

The Atwater Tunnel has reopened after a burst pipe flooded the area Tuesday.

One northbound lane was opened Thursday morning; the southbound lanes reopened at 3 p.m. before quickly closing again after workers realized they “forgot” to clean part of the street leading to the tunnel from the Atwater Market.

It has since been reopened — again.

City workers look over a flooded street after a water pipe was perforated by a natural gas company doing work nearby in Montreal on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. The Atwater Tunnel, running under the Lachine Canal, was flooded cutting off a main corridor that links the downtown area to neighbourhoods to the south of the city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
City workers look over a flooded street after a water pipe was perforated by a natural gas company doing work nearby in Montreal on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. The Atwater Tunnel, running under the Lachine Canal, was flooded cutting off a main corridor that links the downtown area to neighbourhoods to the south of the city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

City crews worked through the night Wednesday to pump the water out.

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“There was a lot of water. The water department found a solution very quickly,” said Philippe Sabourin, City of Montreal spokesperson.

“I know it could appear long, but honestly for a main water break, we did the job very quickly.”

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Workers from NRJ were working nearby Tuesday when they accidentally broke a pipe.

“That pipe was about 24 inches big,” said Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, who was at the scene to inspect the damage.

“It created what we see behind us, a flooding situation.”

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Water levels in the tunnel reached about eight to 10 feet, according to Bruno Lachance, chief of Montreal’s fire department.

A northbound car drives towards the Atwater Tunnel, Thurs., Nov. 22, 2018.
A northbound car drives towards the Atwater Tunnel, Thurs., Nov. 22, 2018. Billy Shields/Global News

At least three cars were submerged in water.

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READ MORE: Atwater Tunnel still closed Wednesday after flood

There were no reported injuries. Homes in the area and water quality were not affected.

WATCH: Construction caused a major water main break that flooded the Atwater Tunnel. As Global’s Felicia Parrillo reports, the city is now working to clean up the mess.

Broken water main floods Atwater Tunnel
Broken water main floods Atwater Tunnel
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