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Watermain break forces closure at Legends Centre

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The Legends Centre was closed for the day Jan. 7 after workers for Bell Mobility punctured the watermain.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

An arrant drill found its way through an Oshawa watermain, forcing the closure of Legends Centre for a day.

Workers for Bell Mobility were doing work in the area on Harmony Road when their drill punctured the watermain on Jan. 7.

Maintenance of the watermains falls under the jurisdiction of the Region of Durham and according to Joanne Pacquette, a spokesperson for the region’s works department, no residents were affected by the damage.

“It’s fairly isolated from what I’m told,” she said the day of the break.

However, the damage did force the closure of the Legends Centre and the cancellation of several city programs.

Regional workers repaired the damage overnight, allowing Legends to reopen the following day.

Pacquette says that Bell will be responsible for the bill related to the damages.

Oshawa may expect to see several more watermain breaks, as winter has finally set in and cold temperatures are on their way.

In the early months of 2015, Oshawa had 21 breaks, including a much-publicized sinkhole that opened up on Centre Street in front of city hall.

In 2014, Oshawa saw 80 watermain breaks.