May 19, 2022 – 1:00pm
Overnight, a watermain on the south side of the 500 Block experienced a linear break, resulting in a handful of flooded basements on Baker Street.
For safety reasons, power was turned off on the 500 Block of Baker and the north side of Victoria Street in the early morning. As of Noon today, most buildings have restored power, except for the businesses directly impacted by the flooding. Water remains turned off for the south side of Baker Street (even-numbered addresses).
City crews, including Nelson Hydro, Public Works, and Nelson Fire Rescue Service, are on-site managing the work related to the break. Public Works is repairing the watermain and anticipates restoring water services later this evening. Fire and Public Works crews are assisting building owners with pumping out any excess water in their basements, and Nelson Hydro staff are on hand to assist in reenergizing power to the buildings when deemed safe to do so.
The 500 Block of Baker is closed to regular traffic. Transit service remains in effect on Baker St., with the buses parking on the south side of Baker in front of the BCAA building. All pedestrians are asked to take care if they are in the vicinity and respect all crews and signage.
Thank you for your patience as our crews work to restore services on this block.