Here's what Montreal's metro looked like after it was shut down due to flooding
Residents of Montreal had their morning commutes rudely interrupted when the city shut down a major portion of the Orange subway line (or Metro line, if you're a local) due to water infiltration.
Since there is water infiltration in the métro, we have to cut the power. The service is interrupted between Berri and Lionel-Groulx in both directions until 12:00.— Ligne Orange (@stm_Orange) November 14, 2019
The city's transport agency, the STM, announced early this morning that there had been water infiltration caused by a broken aqueduct near Square-Victoria-OACI station.
[Ongoing disruption] 🚇⚠️ The service interruption between Berri-UQAM and Lionel Groulx stations is extended. The interruption is caused by a broken aqueduct of the city near Square-Victoria-OACI station. https://t.co/czDEw90ln4 pic.twitter.com/MJwvxbq2iy— Ligne Orange (@stm_Orange) November 14, 2019
Trains were originally avoiding the one stop until the STM was forced to shut down the line between Lionel-Groulx and Berri-UQAM stations, which is the downtown portion of the metro line.
The STM originally told passengers the problem would be fixed by 9 a.m., but they've since updated it to 12 p.m.
Shutdown continues ORANGE line between L-Groulx and Berri-UQAM. Water infiltrations. Service expected to resume at 12:00. #stminfo X— Ligne Orange (@stm_Orange) November 14, 2019
They're recommending that commuters take the Green line instead, but residents are taking to social media to report that trains on the Green line are overflowing with people.
Green Line full. There is no backup plan in this City. 4 lines and so many problems— 4b67 (@Estelle41819089) November 14, 2019
But despite the inconvenience it has caused, videos of flooding at Square-Victoria-OACI station prove the STM had no choice but to shut the line down.
VIDÉO | SUIVI : Infiltration d’eau STM station Square-Victoria—OACI. pic.twitter.com/KbkCiSC4Do— Simon-Marc Charron (@SMCharronRC) November 14, 2019
In multiple videos posted online, water can be seen pouring down the stairs of the station as if it's raining indoors.
The Metro's Orange line has been shut down between Lionel-Groulx and Berri-UQAM stations until at least noon after a broken water main flooded Square-Victoria–OACI station.— CBC Montreal (@CBCMontreal) November 14, 2019
📷: Simon-Marc Charron/Radio-Canada
More: https://t.co/hKu9yjzzas pic.twitter.com/4TwzyY6Nq5
The flooding inside the station is no joke, and workers can be seen wading through the puddles while the water rises up to their ankles.
For those wondering why the @stminfo’s @stm_Orange Orange Line is closed this morning. Major flooding at Square-Victoria-OACI station. Service not expected to be back up until noon. #Montreal #metro https://t.co/oF7k5NZlpo— Toula Drimonis (@ToulasTake) November 14, 2019
Luc Tremblay, Director General of the STM told CTV News they're doing their best to ensure the water doesn't break the electric system.
Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante told CTV the leak in the water main has been capped and crews are currently cleaning up, but everything must be dried out before power on tracks can be turned back on.
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