Water main break closes Scotia Place
A water main break and power outage that forced people out of Scotia Place on Tuesday morning has affected other buildings in downtown Edmonton.
Alberta College at Grant MacEwan University and the Edmonton Journal will lose power from 10 p.m. until the problem is fixed, hopefully by early Wednesday morning.
“It's dangerous until they get it drained,” said Capt. Stephen Mausolf from Edmonton Fire Rescue
“That's probably why they're going to be shutting power off in the other two buildings because they're in the same power grid before they can get in there and do the work they need to do.”
Power went out at Scotia Place after the basement flooded. Some people were trapped on elevators and had to be rescued by fire crews.
Dozens of tenants inside Scotia Place are affected, including the city of Edmonton, dental offices and Stantec.
Keith Shillington, the company’s vice-president for Alberta and the Edmonton region, says the 50 Stantec employees who work in Scotia Place will be moved to another location Wednesday.
“We have no washrooms available for our staff which makes for unacceptable working conditions,” he said. “So as a result we wouldn't have them working in that space right now anyway.”
It’s unknown when Scotia Place will reopen.