November 22, 2018 10:39 am
Updated: November 23, 2018 2:32 pm

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 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.

A northbound car drives towards the Atwater Tunnel, Thurs., Nov. 22, 2018.

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At least three cars were submerged in water.

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.

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