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2014-03-07 at NOON

Still closed

By Matt Vis,
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The main Service Ontario building in this city remains closed.

The James Street building, known to many as mini Queen's Park, was closed to the public for the third straight day Friday following a water main break earlier in the week.

While the building was initially expected to open Thursday or Friday, crews have had difficulties completing the necessary repairs.

“Work crews have been on the site since Tuesday evening working to locate and repair the break,” said Bill Moore, manager of corporate communications with Infrastructure Ontario.

“At this point in time the leak has been located and repair work is underway but due to the deep frost penetration progress has been slow.”
Only emergency services communication staff have been operating in the building as a result.

However, Moore is optimistic it will be business as usual for the entire building come the start of next week.

“We are optimistic the building will reopen for business on Monday,” he said.

(With files from CKPR Radio)

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The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
...once we blow $199.99 mil on a new rink, this kind of stuff won't happen anymore...
3/7/2014 5:56:01 PM
fastball says:
As long as we live in Northern Canada, and experience cold long winters - this will happen.
We're not alone...Winnipeg has endured 196 water main breaks this winter - and their normal 5-year average is barely 130 per winter.
Kenora is currently on a boil-water advisory - as water main breaks there have crippled their supply. Their frost level are close to 8 feet down into the ground.
Saskatoon is reporting 100 water main break in February alone.
(these are all facts, verifiable by a simple Google search)

I hate to draw attention away from your never-ending drum beating by using the dreaded f-word again...but let's add two and two and come up with four, shall we?
3/8/2014 9:43:21 AM
Shane Caker says:
A nice 3 days off with pay!!
3/7/2014 9:32:33 PM
TB4life says:
Ground frost is what broke the pipes
3/7/2014 11:38:07 PM
nvjgu says:
There waiting for OT Sat Sun.
3/8/2014 6:24:35 AM
joey joe joe jr. shabadoo says:
ground frost & an OLDER plumbing system contributed to this failure, nothing else, but as Badger mentioned once the new arena is built, the frost wont bug us anymore...
3/8/2014 11:31:38 AM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
$250 million for the school boards, $200 million for municipal employees, and $25 million for maintaining the actual city. HOUSTON...WE HAVE A PROBLEM...
3/10/2014 11:23:55 AM
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