The clean-up continues at the Calgary Farmers’ Market after a water main break under the floor in the sprinkler room Wednesday afternoon.
“A city water main break broke in our sprinkler room and it filled up the room and unfortunately it started to fill up the market,” says spokesperson Leilani Olynik. “About 40 per cent of the market is seeing a couple of inches of water and as you can tell, we’re still working hard to get the water out.”
Olynik says it brought up the stones and dirt from underneath creating a river of water flowing out of the west entrance.
“We’re bound and determined to be open tomorrow which means two things, we have to get the water out and we need to restore water so we can actually open,” she said.
Vendor have lost some product, given some of them had water on the floor.
“Right now it’s a wait and see,” said Olynik.
The building also saw some structural damage with the west wall bowing and cracking under the pressure.
Dorothy Holmes owns Eden Essentials, she rushed down to check on her business after hearing the market had flooded.
“I thought oh no, we’re going to lose all our product and we’re not going to be open tomorrow but I think we’re in good shape,” she said. “A little panic thinking oh oh, it’s Christmas time and we’re not going to be open.”
Holmes says it could have always been worse if it had happened overnight and no one was here to catch the flood.
Debbie and her husband Harry own a coffee stall and rushed down to help those affected and provide them with free coffee.
“This is my second family, I’ve known these vendors for a long time and anything that my husband and I can do to help, we’re more than happy to be here,” she said.