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Watermain break on Fifth Avenue

There was a water main break this morning on Fifth Avenue between Watrous and Melville just after 7 a.m. It’s a fairly large main – 300mm.

Crews are at the location trying to get the water turned off to allow them to fix the main.

Traffic has been impacted on Fifth Avenue and motorists are advised to take alternate routes. There is minimal water service disruption to residences and businesses in the area.

The city expects the main to be fixed and traffic to resume by the end of the day. Once the main and is fixed and filled in, crews will be called in to grade and plow any accumulated ice and snow in the area as well as distribute sand and salt.

Water main breaks are not uncommon during extremely cold weather events. Crews take extensive precautions to stay safe and warm, including wearing proper PPE and equipment. Crews work in teams of four, in short, half-hour shifts and are then required to spend time warming up in their vehicles.

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