Water main bursts, floods homes in Cote de Neiges
Published Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:43AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 10, 2013 6:34PM EDT
1,000 people were without water Thursday after a city pipe burst and flooded several homes.
The water main break happened around 4 a.m. on Westbury Ave. near Barclay Ave. in Cote des Neiges.
Water poured into half a dozen basement apartments, waking up the residents and forcing them to evacuate their homes.
Manuel Valenta, who has lived in the neighbourhood for 30 years, was woken up by his wife minutes after the water main broke.
He tried in vain to keep water out of their home.
"I put a sheet close to the door so the water cannot come in. and it stops but eventually the water's so much, it went up the drain," said Valenta.
Fortunately for him he only had a few centimetres of water in his garage and nothing in his house.
Others were not so lucky.
"There was about, I would say, six inches of water in the garage and when I opened the door it was creeping up into the basement," said Avrum Tansky.
He will have to replace his basement floor and the bottom half of his walls.
Firefighters started pumping water out of the flooded apartments while city crews tried to find the valves to shut off the water flow. It seems several water mains feed the area and it took crews several attempts before they found the correct valve.
Once the water flow was shut off city crews excavated to find the source of the leak, which was in front of a Barclay Ave. apartment building.
Property owner Israel Freundlich said his insurance company will likely cover repairs, but he has already contacted the city of Montreal to cover the rest of the damage.
"The floors are ruined, a little bit of the walls, we pumped out two feet of water," said Freundlich.
The repair is expected to be finished late in the day Thursday.