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Crews work through night and day to repair major waterline break on Corner Brook’s west side

Employees with the City of Corner Brook survey the situation as a backhoe continues to dig up the site of a major waterline break on Wellington Street at the intersection with upper Valley Road on Wednesday morning.
Employees with the City of Corner Brook survey the situation as a backhoe continues to dig up the site of a major waterline break on Wellington Street at the intersection with upper Valley Road on Wednesday morning.

As waterline breaks go, Donald Burden said the one crews with the City of Corner Brook had to contend with on Wednesday was the worst-case scenario.

Burden, the city’s director of public works, water and wastewater, said the feeder line that broke on Wellington Street, near the intersections with Valley Road, at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday supplies water to a large portion of the west side.

As crews dug up the area they discovered another waterline, sewer line and manhole running above the feeder.

“And that’s what makes it challenging to repair.”

Looking over the giant hole dug up in the street, Burden said all of that would have to be removed before the actual damage to the feeder could be determined. He said getting that feeder repaired was the priority of crews and once completed the other lines could be put back in service.

“Once we get the feeder, we can get a lot of the west side back on.”

That was just after 10 a.m. and by then a large part of the area had been without water for about 12 hours.

The city had originally anticipated being able to make the repair overnight, but as he watched crews work, Burden said it would take at least another 10 hours to complete and didn’t anticipate having the service restored before Wednesday evening.

To complicate matters a little bit, a second break, which occurred not long after on upper Valley Road, just above the intersection with Mount Batten Road, also had to be repaired on Wednesday.

Burden said when the area around Wellington Street was first dug up crews realized that the water wasn’t stopping even with the valves shut off and that’s how the other break was discovered.

He said it wasn’t unusual to have two breaks occur like that with the old infrastructure that is present in the area.

On Wednesday morning a boil-water advisory was issued encompassing a large portion of the city that is connected to the main feeder.

The water issue also resulted in the closure of C.C. Loughlin Elementary at just after 10 a.m. The school, located on nearby Citadel Drive, was not part of the outage but issues with water pressure were impacting the use of washrooms at the school.

At just after 4 p.m. the city issued a notice saying the protective services division and the Corner Brook Fire Department had activated a fire services contingency plan to ensure public safety during the repairs.

Fire services water contingency plan

- The fire department has initiated its water supply management plan   

- Staffing has increased by four fire fighters to operate additional equipment

- The port-a-tank system of water containment is on standby

- The port-a-pump is ready to be utilized

- A third fire engine has been added to all fire calls

Areas without water

Greenings Hill

Webster Place

Gibbons Avenue

Golden Glow Avenue

Kings Road

Poplar Road

Aspen Road

Fairview Avenue

Caribou Road, numbers 53-156

Notre Dame Street, numbers 14,15, 20, 21 and 23

Summit Road

Carmen Avenue, numbers 1 to 28

Bliss Street from the intersection of Caribou Road to the intersection of Aspen Road

Country Road, numbers 2, 5, 29, 31, 33 and 35

3 Prince St.

Areas under a boil water advisory

Greenings Hill and all side roads

Kings Road

Poplar Road

Aspen Road

Fairview Avenue

Caribou Road and all side roads

Notre Dame Street, numbers 14,15, 20, 21 and 23

Summit Road

Carmen Avenue, numbers 1 to 28

Bliss Street from the intersection of Caribou Road to the intersection of Aspen Road

Country Road, numbers 2, 5, 29, 31, 33 and 35

Wellington Street, including all side roads

Valley Road, numbers 1-100

Citadel Drive

City Chrysler on O’Connell Drive

Mount Bernard Avenue, excluding the RCMP, Sir Richard Squires and court house buildings

Broadway, including all side roads

Herald Avenue

Pier Road

Tessiers Lane

West Valley Road, numbers 1-42

Humber Park

Pine Street

Cobb Lane, including all side roads

Reid Street, numbers 24-90

Central Street

Elford Avenue

East Valley Road, numbers 1-75

North Street, numbers 1-44

Armstrong Avenue

Church Street

West Street

Chestnut Street

Park Street

Todd Street

Main Street, including all side roads

Humber Road, numbers 1-27

Gearyville Road

Seal Head (Transportation Canada)

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