Atwater Tunnel reopened after flood
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 crews worked through the night Wednesday to pump the water out.
“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.”
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.”
Water levels in the tunnel reached about eight to 10 feet, according to Bruno Lachance, chief of Montreal’s fire department.
At least three cars were submerged in water.
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.
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