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NDG residents return home after gas leak, water main break prompt evacuations and power outages

Thousands of residents were left in the dark in Montreal's NDG neighbourhood.
Thousands of residents were left in the dark in Montreal's NDG neighbourhood. Karol Dahl/Global News

Residents in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood are returning home after a water main break and a gas leak in the area Tuesday.

The incident forced the evacuation of 40 homes and cut off power to thousands of residents in Monkland Village.

Montreal fire department chief Louise Desrosiers said the fire department first received the call around 6:30 a.m. about the incident near the intersection of Old Orchard Avenue between de Terrebonne and Monkland streets.

“The gas leak was capped before noon,” she said.

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As a precaution, firefighters had to ask residents to leave their homes due to the gas leak. They were allowed to return home once it was deemed safe, according to Desrosiers.

The incident also prompted Hydro-Québec to cut off electricity to nearly 9,000 clients in NDG and neighbouring Hampstead. The public utility said the power outages were necessary to let firefighters work.

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As of 3 p.m., power had been restored to most homes and buildings in the area.

It is not yet clear what caused the gas leak or the water main break, but Desrosiers said excavation has been ruled out.

Montreal police were also on hand to help direct traffic in the area due to both the power outages and the freezing rain.