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Water main break caused flood, closure on Old Island Highway

June 07, 2013 02:57 from Kyle Reynolds


The primary water main going into the city has burst, causing a significant flood, traffic headaches, and a closure along the Old Island Highway.

View Royal Fire is now on the scene assisting CRD officials pump water off the roadway. Chief Paul Hurst says, at its worst, there was about four feet of water covering the road.

The Old Island Highway is currently closed between Helmcken and Burnside. Hurst says they hope to have enough water pumped out to open the highway to westbound traffic by around 3:45 this afternoon.

The water main has been closed, but Hurst says it could be well into the evening before the scene is cleared 

No homes are being affected, and CRD staff say water in the area is still safe to drink.