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Insider Report: This is what happens when a huge water main breaks

Published November 28, 2013

Here in the GTA we complain a lot about the condition of our roads. The reality is that we live in a country with extremes of temperature where it is not uncommon to see 30 degree fluctuations on the thermometer on occasion. These wild changes wreak havoc on roads and the things beneath them, including water mains. From what I have heard, Russia has similar conditions, made worse by an almost total lack of road maintenance. So when a water main breaks underneath an already compromised road surface, things become pretty tricky for drivers. This video shows what can happen without any warning whatsoever to drivers going about their evening business. Pretty dramatic. (Video replays halfway through in slow-motion for a better view of what happened.)

In a somewhat related aside, while I totally understand why our roads get the way they do, I don’t get why our road crews shut down so many roads that all go the same way, at the same time.


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