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Yellowknife

Water line break spills into downtown YK intersection

Last modified: February 17, 2021 at 5:20pm


Roads in downtown Yellowknife reopened after a water line broke inside a vacant building, flooding the nearby intersection.

On Wednesday morning, water spilled from the building at the corner of 49 Street and 51 Avenue. Surrounding streets were closed for hours as crews dealt with the water and made the road surface safe.

The roads had reopened by 5pm.

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“The water break was controlled and the surrounding roads and sidewalks were cleared by moving snow and ice into the centre of the roads involved,” the City of Yellowknife said in a statement.

“These roads are now open. However, the City asks residents to ensure parked vehicles remain off these streets until snow removal has been completed.”

Removal will begin at 3am on Thursday and residents are asked to use alternative routes if possible.

Meaghan Brackenbury contributed reporting.

The source of the water appeared to be the former shelter building adjacent to the intersection
The source of the water appeared to be the former shelter building adjacent to the intersection. Meaghan Brackenbury/Cabin Radio
There was some disruption to traffic as water reached the intersection
There was some disruption to traffic as water reached the intersection. Meaghan Brackenbury/Cabin Radio
A submitted photo from a nearby building shows water on the street outside the former shelter
A submitted photo from a nearby building shows water on the street outside the former shelter. Photo: Candace Meadus
Map of downtown road closures, provided by the city.

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