As Canadians we talk about the weather relentlessly, I just talk about it a little more! I hope to provide useful information to my family, friends and all those who simply enjoy talking about the weather. While I try to include information of interest from all over North America, my primary region of concern is the St. Lawrence Valley of Quebec, Ontario, and New York, as well as our neighbouring regions. This Blog is dedicated to my late father for inspiring my interest in weather.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Major flooding in downtown Montreal
Major flooding in downtown Montreal. (Canadian Press)
A water main break at the top of University Avenue near Pine and Dr. Penfield has resulted in major flooding to a large section of downtown Montreal. The break occurred after workers accidentally pierced the main line opening a 48 inch pipe that sent water cascading down the mountain towards the downtown core. Complicating matters was the snow and freezing temperatures creating an icy mess. The water was finally turned off around 8pm but not before lots of damage and disruptions were done. Several pedestrians were injured in falls but thankfully no major casualties were reported. Bus and rail service was affected leaving thousands of commuters stranded and looking for other means to get home. Firefighters and public workers continue the clean up at this hour.