|Part of downtown Montreal was underwater after a water main broke on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. SYLVAIN DENIS/QMI Agency
MONTREAL — McGill University says it's too early to say if it will take legal action after a massive water main break damaged basements and forced thousands of students and staff to relocate.
Some 40 million litres of water poured from a broken water main on Monday, turning streets into rivers and soaking several main buildings on the downtown campus.
On Wednesday, staff used large fans and heaters to dry out waterlogged carpets.
Rubble and ice piled up on sidewalks and work crews removed debris while cleaning companies used vacuum tubes to suck water from basements.
Security guards stopped students and other pedestrians from entering debris-filled courtyards and laneways.
McGill vice-principal Michael Di Grappa told reporters the cleanup and recovery are "very difficult."