Water main break on Water Street

A backhoe operator and several city workers walk along Water Street near the site of a water main break on Thursday, May 24, 2018. The break has affected water service to the area. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Water Street is living up to its name, as a water main break has affected customers around the intersection of Augustus Street Thursday afternoon.

The City of Cornwall says a 24-inch (61 centimeter) main broke around 3 p.m. Water could be seen bubbling to the surface in the westbound lanes and pooling as far away as the northeastern section of the intersection.

“City staff are assessing and isolating the break, which may cause significant water outages along Water Street,” the City said.

Affected customers are being contacted by the city.

The rupture was caused by a contractor striking the underground pipe, according to city councilman Justin Towndale.

The break has also affected traffic as the westbound lanes of Water Street are closed between Sydney Street and York Street. Eastbound traffic is unaffected.

The detour at Sydney Street has also created a traffic backlog on Sydney between Water and Second Streets.

It’s not known how long it will take for the repair to be made and when the water will be back on in the area.