Burst water main rains down water and gravel near Vancouver Art Gallery (PHOTOS)

Sep 24 2019, 10:06 am

On Monday, commuters were surprised by a gush of water spraying from the ground at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Several hours after the break began, the City of Vancouver announced on Twitter that a water main had burst at West Georgia and Hornby.

The city also said that work crews would be on scene overnight to repair the damage.

Social media users posted photos and videos of the burst pipe, with one person saying that it was “raining gravel down onto the Art Gallery and plaza.”

The city announced on Twitter that the water main break was repaired by Tuesday morning.

The pavement still has yet to be repaired, however, so delays are expected as two eastbound lanes are closed between Hornby and Howe.

Ashton Patis, Communications Coordinator at the City of Vancouver, says that the burst main is more than 90 years old.

“This particular water main is from 1924 and was scheduled for replacement in early 2020,” he tells Daily Hive in an email. “City crews have been working diligently throughout the night to repair this burst water main.”