11/12/2015 09:03 EST | Updated 11/12/2016 00:12 EST

Montreal sewage dump: Mayor Denis Coderre to descend into sewer

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre will descend into the city's sewer system this afternoon to inspect ongoing repairs that are forcing a week-long closure and leading to a dump of eight billion litres of wastewater into the St. Lawrence River. 

The construction work began at midnight on Wednesday and Coderre said that it was progressing as planned in an afternoon press conference later that day. 

Journalists will not accompany the mayor into the depths due to safety concerns but Coderre said that images will be made available of the work being done.