Two triplexes were evacuated after a water main burst at the intersection of Belcourt and Boucher Sts. in Vieux-Longueuil Tuesday morning. Water has been cut to the area, leaving 153 residences without potable water.
Two families are being housed by the Red Cross until they are able to return to their homes.
Emergency services, including police, firefighters and public workers, arrived just after midnight when water began coming up from the road, according Louis-Pascal Cyr, a spokesperson for the city of Longueuil. While city workers attempted to identify the cause of the break, Cyr said firefighters worked on pumping water out of the affected homes.
The city estimates that the water supply will be restored Wednesday morning. For now, bottled water is being distributed on the corner of Belcourt and Blanchet Sts.
The city is working to identify the source of the water main break in the 49-year-old concrete and steel pipe.
The following streets remain closed:
• Boucher St. between Blanchet and Belcourt Sts.
• Belcourt St. between Blanchet and Brissette Sts.