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Frosted water main breaks, floods major thruway in Gimli

 Twyla Siple

The RM of Gimli’s public works department worked all day to contain the ankle-deep water flowing down Third Avenue, making the thruway impassable at Centre St. Feb. 22.

The RM of Gimli’s public works department worked all day to contain the ankle-deep water flowing down Third Avenue, making the thruway impassable at Centre St. Feb. 22.

 An old pipe that ruptured in the RM of Gimli shut down the intersection of Third Avenue and Centre Street during the morning of Feb. 22.

Gimli’s public works department deployed a work crew to help contain the ankle deep water that was flowing down Third Avenue as a result of the water main break.
 
Darcy Hjelmeland, the RM’s manager of public Works and utility operations told The Interlake Spectator it could take up to 16 hours to get the flow of water under control.
 
He explained the water main break along Third Avenue didn’t set off alarms until 8 a.m. Public works employees shut the water off and headed out to steam the culverts in the area, as an attempt to control the water and get it away from three private homes, as the water seeped onto their properties. 
 
“Every town has this problem in springtime, as soon as it starts to warm up,” Hjelmeland said. “That’s when water mains start to (break).”
 
Hjelmeland was optimistic that the water would be cleaned up before the weekend.


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