Toronto

Water main break closes part of Yonge and Eglinton

Toronto police have closed part of the intersection at Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue after a water main break this morning.

Crews from Toronto Water are on the scene and working to fix the break

Toronto police say a 'potential sinkhole' is developing at Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue after a water main break in the southeast corner of the intersection. (James Morrison/CBC)

Toronto police have closed part of the intersection at Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue after a water main break on Sunday morning.

Police said the break was leading to a "potential sinkhole" but water has been shut off in the area and water is no longer flowing onto the street.

Police have closed the northbound lanes of Yonge Street at Eglinton Avenue, the east sidewalk of Yonge Street, and the eastbound lanes of Eglinton Avenue east of Yonge Street,.

Motorists are urged to use alternate routes.

Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said police received a call around 7:50 a.m. about water coming from different locations in the southeast corner of the intersection.

Staff from Toronto Water are on the scene, she said.
Staff from Toronto Water are on scene at water main break at Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue. (James Morrison/CBC)

Coun. Josh Matlow said in a tweet that city crews are working to repair the break.

City staff have said water main breaks are not unusual at this time of year because the ground can shift in extreme heat and cause cracks in underground pipes. 

Last week, staff had to deal with two water main breaks, one on Bloor Street West near Dovercourt Road, and another at Sheppard Avenue West and Weston Road that caused a sinkhole the size of a small swimming pool.

According to the city, Toronto has an average of 1,600 water main breaks a year.

Police say crews are working to fix the water main break. (James Morrison/CBC)