Lanes of a major north-south corridor on the city’s west side are currently closed following a water main break Saturday evening.

Just after 10:00 p.m., police, fire crews, and city road crews responded to flooding on the southbound lanes of Crowchild Trail between 17 Ave. and 33 Ave. S.W.   The water was approximately one foot deep and was beginning to freeze due to the frigid temperature.

All southbound lanes are closed between Bow Trail and 33 Ave and southbound traffic is being rerouted on to Bow Trail. 

As of 1:30 p.m., Sunday afternoon, all lanes of northbound Crowchild Trail are open.

Repairs to the pipe and road are expected to take some time as a significant amount of ice blankets the curb lane of southbound Crowchild.

 "Weekday traffic on that area of crowchild is about 100,000 vehicles a day, so 50,000 vehicles in each direction," says Sean Somers, a representative of the City of Calgary.  "So the biggest message that we would really like to get out is to avoid the area. People need to consider alternate routes."

The city endeavors to clean up the mess as quickly as possible but has not provided a firm deadline for the reopening of all lanes.