05/31/2012 07:53 EDT | Updated 07/31/2012 05:12 EDT

Eastbound Ville-Marie tunnel closed for emergency work

Transport Quebec closed the eastbound lanes of the Ville-Marie tunnel this morning for emergency work after this week's flash flood.

The ministry abruptly closed the tunnel, a major access route into the downtown area, around 5:30 a.m. for an indefinite period.

The problem is with the water basins under the lanes, which were filled up during the massive rainstorm Tuesday that flooded much of south Montreal. The tunnel was temporarily closed at that time, but reopened a short time later.

Transport Quebec said the electronic equipment that runs the pumps to remove water from the basins has been knocked out and the pumps aren't functioning.

There was concern that water from the basins would over flow into the lanes of the tunnel.

They're now on scene removing the water with other equipment and making the necessary technical repairs.

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