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Montreal's Latin Quarter businesses without running water for 3 days

03/05/2015 11:25 EST | Updated 05/05/2015 05:59 EDT
Several businesses in downtown Montreal have been forced to close for the past three days because they have no running water.

Businesses on Emery Street between St-Denis and Sanguinet streets — including the brewpub Les 3 Brasseurs and a Cineplex Odeon movie theatre — have had to close while waiting for the city to fix the problem.

Mansour Khalifa, the owner of restaurant Menthe et Couscous, has had to cancel all his reservations. His wife, Riham Reda, said she suspects roadwork being carried out on Sanguinet Street could be responsible for the lack of running water.

She said she has called the city several times a day since her husband was forced to close on Tuesday but that every time she calls, the city tells her the problem will be fixed in a few hours.

"We need answers … You can't run a business without water," said Reda. "We pay our taxes on time, so we expect, of course, something that says sorry to us. I mean, we lost business."

"You know, we have high rent in this area, we have a lot of employees. So it's bad. It's really bad," she continued.

The Ville-Marie borough has not yet commented on the issue.

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