Residents in the Silverspring neighbourhood of Saskatoon received an unwelcome surprise Monday afternoon, after a water main break flooded several blocks.
The City of Saskatoon said a contractor working near the intersection of Central Avenue and Garvie Road breached the main, which spewed gallons of water onto surrounding streets and properties.
Shortly before 4 p.m. the city said they had isolated the line, which was believed to be connected to the central water main crossing the South Saskatchewan River.
Water pressure drops were believed to be minimal and drinking water wasn’t affected.
The city warned drivers and pedestrians to avoid the area, noting Central Ave. was closed at Garvie Rd.
They added there was no access to Garvie Rd. due to the road being washed out. The road won’t re-open until repairs can be completed in “coming days.”
Contractors in the area were working to install a sound wall along Central Ave. when the break occurred.
Major Projects Manager Mike Gutek told reporters it was too soon to tell whether the company responsible for the breach would face any repercussions.
“We’ll collect the facts, then decide,” he said.
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