Nfld. & Labrador

Water main break floods part of Allandale Road, traffic being diverted

Hundreds of people were sent home from Confederation Building and other institutions after a massive water main break on a busy St. John's street.

Crews on scene to fix break; Confederation Building closed for day

A water main break on Allandale Road has opened several holes in the pavement. (Ted Dillon/CBC)

Police are asking drivers to stay clear of a key commuting road in St. John's in the wake of a water main break Friday morning, while Confederation Building and other institutions were forced to close. 

St. John's city crews are repairing damage to a flooded segment of Allandale Road, and are expecting to the work done by midnight.

Until then, there will be no water at the Confederation Building, College of the North Atlantic and the Fluvarium, as well as surrounding areas, but the plan is to have water service back before then. 

The city is unsure of what caused the break as of yet, but LynnAnn Winsor, the city's manager of public works, said the one that broke was constructed in 1998. 

"I wouldn't call it old," she said. 

The Confederation Building has closed for the rest of the day, as are CNA and the Marine Institute on Ridge Road. 

Metrobus routes will not, for now, be stopping along that section of Allandale Road.

The torrent of water left the pavement disfigured, with cracks, sinkholes and dips making driving hazardous.

This van became airborne because of the misshapen asphalt. (Submitted by Isaac Batten)

Winsor said it could be a day or two before the road opens up again completely. 

Allandale Road will have one lane open going south and two lanes open going north on Saturday, she said.

River OK

With water main breaks, one of the biggest concerns is that chlorinated water will flood into natural river systems, according to Winsor. 

She added it was lucky Rennie's River is far enough away to be unaffected. 

"The chlorine would have dissipated out of the water. It would have been consumed just by travelling through the roadway before it would have hit the river," she said. 

"Most of the silt as well should have settled out before it hit the river."

Winsor couldn't say how much the repair will cost, but added there is money in the city's budget for unexpected repairs to infrastructure such as water mains. 

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