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April 26, 2006
Watermain break closes Sheppard Avenue
A major watermain break this morning has created a sinkhole on Sheppard Avenue and forced the closure of the road from Bathurst Street to Senlac Road until further notice. The sinkhole is approximately 10 metres wide (30 to 35 feet).

Toronto Water staff responded to the call of a watermain break on the west side of Senlac Road at 4:10 a.m. this morning. It is the largest local watermain in the area (0.6 metres or 24 inches wide).

“We are working hard to control the watermain break and minimize service disruption,” said Lou Di Gironimo, General Manager, Toronto Water.

The break affected the potable water supply to a 468 residential unit located at 325 Bogert Ave. Toronto Water is arranging for the supply of bottled water and temporary toilet facilities to the building. A temporary water service to supply potable water is anticipated to be completed by the end of the day.

Transportation Services staff is assessing the damage to the bridge and road. It is not yet known how long it will take until the road is back in operation. Pedestrians and vehicles are not allowed to cross the bridge until further notice due to safety concerns.

“The damage to the road is substantial,” said Gary Welsh, General Manager, Transportation Services. “We are assessing the situation to determine the extent of the damage to the road, the sidewalk and the bridge. We will do what’s necessary to get the road back in shape and reduce any inconvenience to the public in a timely manner.”

Media contact:

Steve Johnston
Sr. Communications Co-ordinator



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