British Columbia

North Vancouver neighbourhood flooded after pipes burst

Residents living around Loach Place in North Vancouver are without water this morning after a pipe burst, sending a flood of water into backyards and basements.

Residents rushed to move cars and save valuables after a water main break early Thursday

Firefighters bring pumps into a house affected by the flooding. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

A North Vancouver neighbourhood is without water this morning after a water main break sent water gushing down the street. 

Basements and backyards were damaged when an old pipe burst near Golf Drive and Fairway Drive, sending water down the hill.

The water main break damaged 8 houses and left dozens more without running water, according to District of North Vancouver fire crews. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

"I feel frustrated," said Mark Jefferson, who woke to the sound of water rushing into his home. "This is the third time in 15 months that this has happened."

Jefferson said he just renovated his home two months ago and will likely have to start all over again. 

"For us there's the actual financial cost, and on top of that you're living in a renovated home each time," he said.

Jefferson says water main bursts have happened before in this area. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Crews rush to stop the flooding

Neighbours living around Loach Place in North Vancouver rushed to move their cars and save their valuables from the flooding water, before District of North Vancouver crews showed up to cut off the water supply.

Captain Kit Little and his firefighters were on scene working to stop the water from spreading into the neighbourhood.

Residents stand outside their home as fire crews try to stop the water flowing through their garage. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

"It's a big area ... the first thing you got to do when you get on scene is find out how many houses are involved," said  Little.

"It covers about 3 blocks, this area."

The District said it could be hours before the pipes are repaired. 

In the meantime, people living in the area will have to get through the morning without running water.

The pipe burst at this intersection, sending water down a nearby hill. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

With files from Frances Yap