Broken water main cripples downtown London, Ontario
Friday, November 2, 2007
Just before 5 a.m. on October 31, 2007, a water main broke underground in the middle of downtown London, Ontario at the intersection of Wellington and Dundas. As water gushed 5 metres up into the air the pavement slowly eroded over several hours eventually causing a giant sinkhole 9 m wide and 4 m deep; large enough for a city bus to hide in.
The quickly escaping water eventually flooded the entire basement of the Galleria Mall including the underground parking. The flooding affected several major electrical systems and left several downtown businesses over several blocks without power including City Hall, the Galleria Mall, both TD Bank Buildings and CIBC until 9 p.m. that night.
- Am980. "Pointing Fingers for Watermain Break" — , November 2, 2007
- Valerie Lita. "Affected Power Loss Area" — , October 31, 2007
- Patrick Maloney. "Size of downtown sinkhole stuns onlookers" — , October 31, 2007
- Randy Richmond and Patrick Maloney. "Downtown remains dark as blackout drags on" — , October 31, 2007