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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

In multiple videos posted online, water can be seen pouring down the stairs of the station as if it's raining indoors. 

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.

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.

Lead photo by

Simon-Marc Charron

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