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Water main break repaired late Thursday

Water is once again flowing for residents of Russell Road, after workers completed repairs and restored pressure late Thursday night.

Water is once again flowing for residents of Russell Road, after workers completed repairs and restored pressure late Thursday night.

Hundreds of people were without water in the Elmvale area after a pipe burst Thursday morning in the 1800-block of Russell Road, between Haig Drive and Cuba Avenue.

The break came after city crews had shut down water service in the area Wednesday while they repaired a section of water main.

The break happened as the humidex Thursday afternoon reached into the 30s, with the temperature hovering around 29 degrees Celsius at 5 p.m. Ottawa's medical officer of health issued a heat warning for Friday and Saturday.

Residents upset by lack of water

City crews make repairs to a broken water main on Russell Road between Haig Drive and Cuba Avenue. (CBC)

Peggy Lee, a nearby resident, told CBC News the water disruption meant she couldn't take care of her disabled husband the way she normally would.

"My husband's disabled, so it's put off his care for a day," Lee said. "We can't do his regular routine because we don't have water. I didn't get the warning last night about the water being shut off, so I don't have buckets of water in reserve. So I've been going to McDonald's and Tim Hortons and everywhere else to use the facilities. So, a major inconvenience."

Residents have been adapting and the city is distributing water to affected people living in the apartment buildings at 1799E Russell Rd. and 1825 Russell Rd.

In a press release, the city said affected residents in other locations who need assistance in obtaining water can call 3-1-1 to arrange for water delivery.

The city also said affected residents could use two community centres for hygiene and sanitation purposes. The Canterbury Pool at 2185 Arch St. is open until 9 p.m. Thursday and the St. Laurent Complex at 525 Cote St. is open until 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

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