UPDATE: 11:02pm

The water break in Hearst has been completely fixed.

Chief Administrative Officer Yves Morrissette says the issue is now no longer as crews have managed to restore water to the community.

The leak began from a fire hydrant at the intersection of 8th Street and Edward Street and caused considerable damage to both Edward Street and the sidewalk on the south side of the intersection.

Therefore the town is asking any motorists to please avoid this area at this time and any residents to proceed with caution when passing through the area.

The town will resume its regular municipal services tomorrow and advises the community is still under a boil water advisory.

The municipality thanks the community for its patience and also the crews involved in the repair of the leak and managing the emergency.



UPDATE: 4:22pm

A water break in Hearst is now nearly all fixed.

Hearst Town Clerk Assistant Annie Lemieux says the water breaj is progressing as currently Edward Street between 6th Street and 9th Street are the only areas without water.

Lemeiux says water pressure is stabilizing and work is in progress at the intersection of 8th Street and Edward Street.

Due to this, she says they are asking that you avoid using these streets to ensure the safety of the workers.

Lemeiux says at this time it is difficult to estimate the time needed to complete the work.

The town will provide further updates as they become available.



UPDATE: 1:09pm

The water leak has been located and a gradual recovery is underway for water pressure in town.

Hearst Town Clerk Assistant Annie Lemieux says they are working to avoid further breakage at this time as well.

Lemeiux says residents with water will notice that the water pressure may fluctuate.

The town is asking the community to reduce its consumption to help with the supply of water at this time.

The town states an update on when water has been fully restored should be given by later in  the day.




A major water break has taken place in Hearst this morning.

Hearst Town Clerk Assistant Annie Lemieux says the water treatment plant can’t produce enough water at this point in time.

Lemieux says Public Works crews and the Ontario Clean Water Agency cut off water to certain portions of the town in order to determine where the leak was located.

She says they were able to locate the water leak and will be able to restore water service within the next hour to all properties except those between 3rd Street and 9th Street as well as South of Front Street in the East end of town.

Lemieux says a boil water advisory will be in effect once the water is restored, and it is important to follow that until further notice.