UPDATE 2: Water has been turned back on and the area has since reopened! As of 4 pm March 8.
UPDATE: Water is now turned off at the site of a water main break that occured earlier today at 3rd Avenue and Winnipeg Street. This is giving crews the chance to repair the water main, which was installed in 1956 and is made of cast iron.
Crews will be working through the night, but it’s expected that water service in the area will be disrupted until later this morning. The closure of 3rd Avenue between Prince Rupert Street and Winnipeg Street is expected to last until this evening.
The break occurred at approximately 4:00 pm Wednesday afternoon. Crews were on the scene to access the valves and also to remove ice and snow from catch basins to allow the water to flow down the stormwater system.
City crews are on the scene of a water main break at 3rd Ave and Winnipeg Street. Please note that there are traffic disruptions in the area.
3rd Ave at Winnipeg Street. A water main burst this afternoon causing low line flooding to the area. CITY OF PRINCE GEORGE PHOTO.
Crews are in the process of closing valves to turn off the flow of water through the cast iron pipe, which is 30cm in diameter and was installed in 1956. Some water has flowed into the downtown but crews have also been working to clear ice and snow from catch basins in the vicinity to allow water to flow through the stormwater system.
Once the water is turned off, water service will be temporarily disrupted to homes and businesses in the area.
Released by City of Prince George.