The damage done as a result of water pipe damage.

The damage done as a result of water pipe damage.

Water line issue causes major damage to parking lot in Prince Rupert

An issue with one of the waterlines in the downtown core resulted in significant damage to one of the parking lots along 2nd Avenue West.

An issue with one of the waterlines in the downtown core resulted in significant damage to one of the parking lots along 2nd Avenue West.

“What happened was the Ocean Centre Mall had made arrangements to have the water shut off so they could repair their fire line because the main valve wasn’t working right. At midnight on Tuesday they shut down the line, the repairs were made and when the line was reloaded, a cap broke off the line that runs under that vacant lot and flooded the property,” explained director of public works Bill Horne.

“Because the lot is just below the sidewalk level it didn’t really get noticed until the line was fully recharged, and that caused a lot of the gravel to be washed away. In this case the gravel that was washed away was under the parking lot and that is what caused the damage.”

The parking lot, located between the Casey Medical Clinic and the building that houses IJ Rugman Floor Coverings and Good Times Games, has been blocked off from the rest of the sidewalk. There is no estimate of damage, and Horne says the City is still working with insurance companies on the matter.