For the second time in three weeks, a water main burst in Montreal’s Westbury area, and many homeowners will spend their day cleaning their basements and reporting the damages to their insurance agencies.
At around 12:30 in the morning, de Courtrai Street near Westbury started flooding and 911 was called. The fire department and the city showed up and tried to turn off the main, but were unable to close the water. The fire department made sure that the water wouldn’t enter any basements and the police cordoned the street until 7:00 AM when the city crews came to repair the damage.
The water level reached “about 8 inches,” according to Michel Girard of the Securite Incendie de Montreal. Damage was limited, with several garages flooding, and six fire trucks on location. No one had to be evacuated.
The Chai Centre’s floor was flooded, but the Shul, Kollel and community centre were cleaned up quickly. “There was no real damage Baruch Hashem,” said Yossi Wenger. “Just water covering the Chai Centre floor.”
The primary reason water mains burst is because water expands when frozen. With the cold weather approaching, and the city still using old pipes, there isn’t much you can do to protect your garage, but building shelves and keeping everything high above the ground is the safest way to protecting yourself from flood damage. You can read more about protecting your home from water damage by clicking here.