Water main bursts at Cornwall port of entry

In this Sunday, June 11, 2017, file photo, traffic lines up at the CBSA port of entry in Cornwall, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – Canadian border officials had to set up a temporary processing post at the bridge toll booth this morning (Friday) after a water pipe burst at the exit to the port of entry.

As the region faced bitter cold, the pipe broke around 4 a.m. under the road exiting the customs facility, forcing the Canada Border Services Agency to set up the makeshift booth.

Cornwall public works was on site by 7 a.m. to repair the main and the port is now open with three lanes in operation, CBSA spokesman Chris Kealey said.

As for commercial trucks trying to come into Cornwall, they are being sent to the crossing near Prescott (Johnstown). USA-bound trucks are unaffected.

The repair still needs to be done but it’s not known how much damage is underground and how long it will take public works to fix the broken pipe.

“Travellers should expect delays and plan their travel with this in mind. We will continue to provide updates until full service is restored,” Kealey said.

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